Crop protection has become one of the key concerns in meeting the never-ending demand for food across the globe. Based on the data from 2007 to 2013, the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) estimated the annual potential loss in the value of crops, such as corn and soybean due to weeds and pests, at $27 billion and $16 billion, respectively. In the past, such cases resulted in the loss of approximately 20% to 40% of agricultural productivity.
Identifying this increasing demand for crop/plant safety, companies have come up with agricultural adjuvants, which assist in maximizing the quality, productivity and sustainability of the agricultural production systems, disease vector management in the public health systems, and in other industrial and residential areas. These do not directly kill pests, instead, these modify certain properties of the spray solution, which improves the ability of the pesticide to penetrate, target or protect the target organism.