Biocontrol Applications

MustGrow’s technology is truly a platform with applications in many markets globally. Applications are currently centered around three key areas with crops/segments within:

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Preplant Soil Biofumigant

Application to the soil occurs before crops are planted to treat soil borne diseases and insect pests.  

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For use in organic acres and home & garden, or in jurisdictions that have banned synthetic herbicides such as glyphosate


Postharvest Food Preservation

Once a farmer has spent hard effort, time and money growing and harvesting a crop, this crop will need to be stored to eventually feed the world. 

MustGrow’s Biofumigant & Biopesticide Technology

TerraMG is a patented technology derived from food-grade mustard seed and formulated in a two-part liquid formula:

Part A – Sinigrin (Glucosinolate) Formulation

Part B – Myrosinase (Enzyme)


Upon mixing the sinigrin and myrosinase formulations together with water, a hydrolysis reaction occurs in which the myrosinase cleaves off the glucose group from the glucosinolate, and the remaining molecule quickly converts to allyl isothiocyanate (AITC).

A series of tests involving MustGrow products positive effects in crop growth.

Our technology, which is derived from food-grade mustard seed, is a natural and organic solution used to help control key diseases, pests and weeds.  There is potential for this AITC technology to be applied globally as a preplant soil biofumigant to treat soil-borne diseases and insect pests, and as a postharvest biopesticide for storage and food preservation.


The technology is safe and not hazardous in that the two key components are separate and not active until combined in the field.  This not only makes storage, shipping and product use safe, but also extends shelf-life which is uncommon for a natural biologic (currently +2 years and counting).

MustGrow’s Bioherbicide Technology 

MustGrow’s bioherbicide technology is based on a second molecule that we have extracted and concentrated: ionic thiocyante (SCN-).  This molecule’s properties are soil active and translocated in the plant as a systemic and non-selective weed killer, killing weeds from the root up.  

Modes of Action

Isothiocyanate (R-N=C=S)

  • AITC interacts nonspecifically and irreversibly with proteins and amino acids to form stable products with sulfhydryl groups, disulfide bonds, and amines. The formation of these covalent bonds alters the structure of the proteins or amino acids such that proper cell function is disrupted, including enzymatic reactions or other metabolic processes.
  • AITC functions as an efficacious pesticide because it moves as a gas in soil pore spaces. Hydrophobicity is low enough such that it does not extensively partition to the soil solid phase.
  • Once it reaches the target pest, AITC is hydrophobic enough that it readily moves through cell membranes to reach proteins and amino acids that are deactivated by the formation of covalent bonds.

Thiocyanate (SCN-)

  • Thiocyanate has the ability to bind iron, starving the plant of a necessary nutrient. Iron forms a stable complex with thiocyanate removing iron’s ability to serve as a required plant nutrient.
  • Thiocyanate is taken up by plant roots and transported throughout the entire plant. As such, thiocyanate behaves as a systemic herbicide.
  • Iron sequestration by thiocyanate causes the chlorotic response not observed with AITC.

MustGrow’s Natural AITC vs. Synthetic AITC

MustGrow’s Natural AITC

  • Ability to control release of AITC results in potential to develop multiple technologies for use in a variety of different applications and sectors.
  • Benign formulation results in safe, easy transport, storage and handling with minimal restrictions, as well as extended shelf life.
  • Minimal regulatory restrictions, no re-entry times, no buffer zones, no hazardous material compliance procedures required.
  • Eligible for use in organic production.

Synthetic AITC

  • Instant release of AITC restricts the products potential applications and results in crop damage if applied to existing crops.
  • Class 6 inhalation poison results in special transport, storage and handling requirements and added costs.
  • Class 6 inhalation poison and high toxicity levels results in restrictive application procedures and cumbersome protocols.
  • Not eligible for use in organic production.

TerraMG – Preplant Soil Biofumigant



  • Demonstrated outstanding performance for a natural product comparable to synthetic chemicals with similar use rates and can be used in standard application methods.
  • Minimal regulatory restrictions, no re-entry times, no buffer zones, no hazardous material compliance procedures required.
  • Long and stable shelf life in all conditions (+2 years and counting).
  • Based on potential application rates there is potential for superior economics compared to other biologicals, closer to that of synthetic chemicals.
  • Potential for use in both organic and conventional crop production.