Have biopesticides come of age?

T. Glare, J. Caradus, W. Gelernter, T. Jackson, N. Keyhani, J. Köhl, P. Marrone, L. Morin, A. Stewart

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    Biopesticides based on living microbes and their bioactive compounds have been researched and promoted as replacements for synthetic pesticides for many years. However, lack of efficacy, inconsistent field performance and high cost have generally relegated them to niche products. Recently, technological advances and major changes in the external environment have positively altered the outlook for biopesticides. Significant increases in market penetration have been made, but biopesticides still only make up a small percentage of pest control products. Progress in the areas of activity spectra, delivery options, persistence of effect and implementation have contributed to the increasing use of biopesticides, but technologies that are truly transformational and result in significant uptake are still lacking
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)250-258
    Number of pages9
    JournalTrends in Biotechnology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • biological-control
    • biocontrol agents
    • fungal entomopathogens
    • sclerotinia-minor
    • theobroma-cacao
    • plant-pathogens
    • insect pests
    • management
    • efficacy
    • ipm

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