Potential and actual uses of zeolites in crop protection

Pest Manag Sci. 2015 Oct;71(10):1355-67. doi: 10.1002/ps.3999. Epub 2015 Mar 23.


In this review, it is demonstrated that zeolites have a potential to be used as crop protection agents. Similarly to kaolin, zeolites can be applied as particle films against pests and diseases. Their honeycomb framework, together with their carbon dioxide sorption capacity and their heat stress reduction capacity, makes them suitable as a leaf coating product. Furthermore, their water sorption capacity and their smaller particle sizes make them effective against fungal diseases and insect pests. Finally, these properties also ensure that zeolites can act as carriers of different active substances, which makes it possible to use zeolites for slow-release applications. Based on the literature, a general overview is provided of the different basic properties of zeolites as promising products in crop protection.

Keywords: carrier; fungicide/insecticide properties; particle film; photosynthesis; surface crop protection; zeolites.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Crop Protection
  • Fungi / drug effects*
  • Fungi / physiology
  • Insecta / drug effects*
  • Insecta / physiology
  • Pesticides / pharmacology*
  • Plant Diseases / microbiology
  • Plant Diseases / parasitology
  • Plant Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Zeolites / pharmacology*


  • Pesticides
  • Zeolites