Formulation Technology of Biocontrol Agents: Present Status and Future Prospects

  • Chetan Keswani
  • Kartikay Bisen
  • Vivek Singh
  • Birinchi Kumar Sarma
  • Harikesh Bahadur Singh


Recent shift in trends of agricultural practices from application of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to organic farming has brought into focus the use of microorganisms those carryout analogous functions. Formulations of rhizomicroorganisms available in global markets range from talc-based and liquid and secondary metabolite-based formulations. The ideal conditions required for development of high efficiency formulations of biopesticides include selection of potent strains, shelf life, storage, application technology, quality control, biosafety, and registration. In this chapter, we will discuss the constraints associated with development and commercialization of bioinoculants. Moreover, special emphasis will be on the next generation of antimicrobial secondary metabolite formulations which will not only have a much longer shelf life but also a higher efficiency against soilborne phytopathogens particularly against bacteria; also, a consortium of antimicrobial metabolites against individual pathogens could be formulated and used regardless of geographic location where the incidence of that particular disease is high. This approach would be unsurpassed by current technology, as the formulation would specifically target a particular pathogen while remaining soil microbiota would remain unaffected.


Shelf Life Seed Treatment Sheath Blight Biocontrol Potential Wettable Powder 
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HBS is grateful to the Department of Biotechnology (BT/PR5990/AGR/5/587/2012), New Delhi, for providing financial support. KB is grateful to BHU for financial assistance. BKS and CK are thankful to ICAR-AMAAS (Project No. P27/131) for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chetan Keswani
    • 1
  • Kartikay Bisen
    • 1
  • Vivek Singh
    • 1
  • Birinchi Kumar Sarma
    • 1
  • Harikesh Bahadur Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Institute of Agricultural SciencesBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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