Highlights from Recent Biologicals-focused Annual Meetings
Dr. Malekani shares highlights from the recent Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA) and the Microbiome Movement Agbiotech annual meetings.
Biological pesticides, or biopesticides, consist of a broad category of pesticides derived or adapted from natural sources. There are multiple types of biopesticides. Their classification is not formalized but they can be considered to fall into four main categories:
Due to their origins in nature, many biopesticides are considered to pose low human and environmental risk and are also useable in organic farming where conventional pesticides are not. The US EPA provides significant information and test guidelines for the registration of biopesticides. The European Union’s approach for biologicals was recently updated to include specific requirements for microorganisms (bacteria, virus, fungi, and protozoa) used as active ingredients. The EU’s approach to biopesticides is being followed closely as they are considered critical to achieving the goals of the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy.
Smithers has years of experience testing biopesticides, from Bt, to microbial pesticides, complex protein and biological chemical extracts, as well as the latest nucleic acid-based pesticides.
Microbial pesticide - US EPA OPPTS Series 885 Group D non-target organism tests performed at Smithers:
885.4200 Freshwater Fish Testing, Tier I
885.4240 Freshwater Aquatic Invertebrate Testing, Tier I
885.4280 Estuarine and Marine Animal Testing, Tier I
885.4300 Nontarget Plant Studies, Tier I
885.4340 Nontarget Insect Testing, Tier I
885.4380 Honey Bee Testing, Tier I
885.4650 Aquatic Invertebrate Range Testing, Tier III
885.4700 Fish Life Cycle Studies, Tier III
Contact Smithers to evaluate your options for assessing the environmental risk of biopesticides, from microbial pesticides, complex biological mixtures, proteins and other novel modalities.