Commercialisation of Microbial Biopesticides for the Management of Pests and Diseases

  • Shripad Kulkarni


Negative effects of chemical pesticides on nature and natural resources like pollution, pesticide residue, pesticide resistance, etc., have forced many to shift focus onto more reliable, sustainable and environment-friendly agents of pest control, the biopesticides. The striking feature of biopesticides is environment friendliness and easy biodegradability, thereby resulting in lower pesticide residues and largely avoiding pollution problems associated with chemical pesticides. Further, the use of biopesticides as a component of integrated pest management (IPM) programmes can greatly decrease the use of conventional (chemical) pesticides. Biopesticides include microscopic organisms like virus, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, antagonistic fungi and bacteria and macroscopic animals like insects (parasitoid predators), mites and plant extracts (botanicals). The modes of action of biopesticides involve competition, antagonism/inhibition, toxication, infection, infestation and predation. Many different types of formulations are available in the market, but it is better to ascertain their mode of action, quality and shelf life before they are commercialized. Understand their suitability under IPM/IDM programme, type and time of application really critical to achieve better results.


Pseudomonas Fluorescens Entomopathogenic Fungus Soya Bean Coffee Berry Foliar Spray 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant PathologyInstitute of Organic Farming UASDharwadIndia

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