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The development, regulation and use of biopesticides for Integrated Pest Management

Chandler, David, Bailey, Alastair, Tatchell, G. Mark, Davidson, Gill, Greeves, Justin, Grant, Wyn (2011) The development, regulation and use of biopesticides for Integrated Pest Management. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 366 (1573). pp. 1987-1998. ISSN 0962-8436. E-ISSN 1471-2970. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0390)


Over the past 50 years, crop protection has relied heavily on synthetic chemical pesticides but 15 their availability is now declining as a result of new legislation and the evolution of resistance 16 in pest populations. Therefore, alternative pest management tactics are needed. Biopesticides 17 are pest management agents based on living microorganisms or natural products. They have 18 proven potential for pest management and they are being used across the world. However, 19 they are regulated by systems designed originally for chemical pesticides that have created 20 market entry barriers by imposing burdensome costs on the biopesticide industry. There are 21 also significant technical barriers to making biopesticides more effective. In the European 22 Union, a greater emphasis on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as part of agricultural 23 policy may lead to innovations in the way that biopesticides are regulated. There are also new 24 opportunities for developing biopesticides in IPM by combining ecological science with post- 25 genomics technologies. The new biopesticide products that will result from this research will 26 bring with them new regulatory and economic challenges that must be addressed through 27 joint working between social and natural scientists, policy makers and industry.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0390
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Re-Bugging the System: Promoting Adoption of Alternative Pest Management Strategies in Field Crop Systems.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Alastair Bailey
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2014 14:10 UTC
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