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  1. Julius J. Menn

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047126363X.agr038

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

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Menn, J. J. 2003. Biopesticides. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .

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  1. Highland, Maryland

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  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003


Biopesticide is an inclusive term encompassing microbial, viral, and fungal organisms, as well as entomophagous nematodes, plant-derived pesticides (botanicals), insect pheromones as applied to mating disruption, and genes used to transform crops to express resistance to insect, fungal, herbicide, and viral attacks. Biopesticides have been gaining increased attention and interest among those concerned with developing friendly, safe, and integrated crop management compatible approaches and tactics for pest management. Despite successful results in several crop situations, biopesticides have so far not lived up to the promise of becoming a major player in the pesticide market. It is likely that greater acceptance will come via development of vastly more active agents and the growing realization that these agents can be applied in alternate treatment regimens and in combination with reduced rates of chemical pesticides.


  • biopesticide;
  • pesticide;
  • integrated crop management;
  • insect pheromones;
  • mating disruption;
  • bacteria;
  • fungi;
  • virus;
  • microorganisms