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Plant Microbes Symbiosis: Applied Facets
2015, DOI: 10.1007/978-81-322-2068-8_2

Biopesticides: Where We Stand?

Jitendra Mishra, Sakshi Tewari, Sachin Singh, Naveen Kumar Arora

Department of Environmental Microbiology, BBA University, Lucknow, 226025, Uttar Pradesh, India.


Chemical pesticides are well known for their effective role in disease management because not only they act on a broad host range but production technology is also less expensive. However, the devastating part is their huge negative impact on the environment including the living beings of the planet. In spite of this, in the absence of suitable alternative, the use of synthetic pesticides has dominated around the globe. By the advent of greener approach of developing and using biopesticides, the situation is gradually changing but in fact can move far more swiftly in this direction which will be sustainable and eco-friendly. Although biopesticides are slowly replacing the chemical pesticides, a complete global look at the scenario indicates that the former and particularly the industries based on them are still in an insecure position in comparison to the chemicals which rule the agriculture. We can say that the biopesticides, although show a great promise, have not come up to the desired level so as to displace the dominance of chemicals. In this chapter, the global scenario of biopesticides is discussed emphasizing upon the current demand, use, constraints, and remedies.


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