Biopesticides offer powerful tools to create a new generation of sustainable agriculture products. They are the most likely source for alternatives to some of the most problematic chemical pesticides currently in use. Biopesticides also offer solutions to concerns such as pest resistance to traditional chemical pesticides, public concern about side effects of pesticides on the surrounding environment and ultimately, on human health.
The overriding challenge for the biopesticides industry is to live up to the promise that the field holds. There are unanswered questions and un-examined assumptions about them with which those involved must contend. Challenges to biopesticides stem from questions about their efficacy and safety, public and grower confusion about the spectrum of biopesticide products on the market, and current market conditions that paradoxically both hinder and favor the field’s growth.
These stories highlight some of the successes and challenges for expanding use of biopesticides.
The Challenge of Commercialization for Niche Products. A look at economic and regulatory challenges and opportunities impacting commercialization of biopesticides alternatives due to their niche market applications.
Mating Disruption as a Pest Managment Tool. This example demonstrates the complexity of both developing and using biopesticides
An Alternative to Methyl Bromide: “Pasteuria” for Nematode Control. A technological advance significantly decreased the cost of production, making the product economically viable.
Large-scale Production of Baculovirus Isolate. A look at the greater production complexity (and potential costs) of developing a biopesticide.
The Challenges of Product Formulation, Proprietary Ingredients and Community Dialogue: The Light Brown Apple Moth. Success for the field of biopesticides will require greater transparency in research, design, and application.
Niche Marketing as an Opportunity for Competitive Differentiation “Bioworks”. This case illustrates how biopesticide companies can position themselves for success within a shifting paradigm.
Codling Moth Control- Regulatory Changes Can Drive Innovation (and Lack of Regulation Can Stymie It). Shifting to more sustainable agricultural practices rarely is as simple as a one to one replacement of an existing pesticide.