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Current Status and Recent Developments in Biopesticide Use

Authors: Christos A. Damalas and Spyridon D. Koutroubas

Journal: Agriculture 2018, 8(1), 13; doi:10.3390/agriculture8010013

Publisher: MDPI

Biopesticides have attracted attention in pest management in recent decades, and have long been promoted as prospective alternatives to synthetic pesticides. Biopesticides have also attracted great interest in the international research community, with a significant increase in the number of publications devoted to the subject. Recently, new substances, like strains of the fungus Talaromyces flavus SAY-Y-94-01, extracts of the plant Clitoria ternatea (butterfly pea), products of the fungus Trichoderma harzianum, products of the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis var. tenebrionis strain Xd3 (Btt-Xd3), the alkaloid compound oxymatrine, fermentation products of the bacterium Lactobacillus casei strain LPT-111, stilbenes accumulated in grape canes, and olive mill wastes, have been reported in the literature as promising compounds for use as biopesticides, but more field research is required to assess the effects on specific pest problems under diverse cropping systems.

Illustration Photo: Making a liquid foliar, pesticide, etc. with microorganisms. A Caritas organic agriculture workshop in Pashapa, La Labor, Ocotopeque, Honduras. (credits: John Donaghy / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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