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With years of pesticide use, pesticide resistance has become a problem that cannot be ignored. So that biological pesticides are growing rapidly as global agriculture looks to new ways to improve yields and crop protection in a more sustainable way. Growers are increasingly seeking agricultural inputs based on natural products to reduce and complement the use of synthetic chemicals in their fields. Therefore, biological pesticides will account for an increasing proportion of the pesticide market.
What are Biological Pesticides?
Biological pesticides are obtained from organisms including plants, bacteria and other microbes, fungi, nematodes, etc. Broad-spectrum conventional insecticides may affect organisms as diverse as birds, insects and mammals. Biological pesticides are less toxic than conventional pesticides and typically affect only the target pest and closely related organisms. Beside, biological pesticides are often effective in very small amounts and break down quickly, thereby reducing exposure and avoiding some of the pollution problems caused by conventional pesticide. So that there are often most effectively used as part of an Integrated Pest Management approach.
The Types of Biological Pesticides:
Bacillus thuringiensis (BT)
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a microbe naturally found in soil what makes proteins that are toxic to immature insects (larvae). It has been registered for use in pesticides by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1961. Now Bt is the most commonly used microbial product for lepidoptera and coleoptera biological crop protection.Bt makes toxins that target insect larvae when eaten. In their gut, the toxins are activated. The activated toxin breaks down their gut, and the insects die of infection and starvation. Death can occur within a few hours or weeks.Importantly, Bt is safe for humans and is the most widely used environmentally compatible biological pesticides worldwide.
Besides, there are several dozen recognized subspecies of B. thuringiensis. Subspecies commonly used as insecticides include B. thuringiensis subspecies israelensis (Bti) and subspecies kurstaki (Btk)
Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (BTI)
Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti) is the first subspecies of B. thuringiensis (Bt) found and used as an effective biological control agent against larvae of many mosquito and black fly species around the world.
Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (BTK)
Among Bt bioinsecticides, those based on the strain Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki(BTK) are widely used in farming to fight lepidopteran pests.
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A growing market of Biological Pesticides
As government policies in different countries lead to stricter regulatory requirements for the environment, it has led to an increase in demand for organic produce. And the biological pesticides market is expected to be the fastest growing market with increasing demand from farmers.
The resistance of plant diseases and insect pests, taking appropriate control measures is a great significance to increase agricultural yields.
Combining biological and traditional methods to eradicate pests should be focused on utilization and development. Due to improved application methods, environmental protection of many formulations and cheaper options, biological pesticides are being used more and more widely. Therefore, biological pesticides are a more reasonable option for pest management, especially in the near future, improving the balance between cost and efficiency becomes a reality.