Microbial biopesticides for control of invertebrates: Progress from New Zealand
Biopesticides are needed for control of endemic and invasive pests impacting New Zealand's primary sectors including pests that are emerging as a result of climate change and farming intensification. Products developed in New Zealand are usually based on endemic strains of microorganisms, including new species/strains with novel modes of action. For example, Invade and BioShield were developed using endemic strains of the bacterium Serratia entomophila, for use in New Zealand only. To date, most of these home-grown products have either struggled for market share or have remained in small niche markets. However, the number of products registered for use has been steadily increasing in response to consumer demand. Factors limiting past use of biopesticides in New Zealand include market size, registration costs and limited efficacy over a range of climatic zones. Many promising new agents are currently under development as biopesticides with international applications and the launch of several new start-up companies suggests a brighter future for biopesticide use in New Zealand.... [Show full abstract]
Keywordsmicrobial control; bacteria; fungi; nematodes; regulation; New Zealand; biological control; Entomology; Animals; Rhabditida; Bacillus; Bacillus thuringiensis; Serratia; Yersinia; Baculoviridae; Granulovirus; Hypocreales; Insect Control; Pest Control, Biological; Marketing; Beauveria; Brevibacillus; Biological Control Agents; Insecta
Fields of Research0605 Microbiology; 060504 Microbial Ecology; 070205 Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens); 0608 Zoology
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