British scientists have influenced UK and EU policy discussions on the regulation of biopesticides – pest management measures based on microorganisms or natural products.
|US$54M||Value of EU biopesticides market in 2010|
|40%||Maximum yield loss due to pests globally|
|50%||Proportion of development costs spent on efficacy testing, compared to 10% for registering chemical pesticides|
The project, led by Professor Wyn Grant and Dr David Chandler at the University of Warwick, developed a series of recommendations to aid the commercialisation of biopesticides, and provided advice to regulators, policy-makers, several major UK supermarkets, and companies developing new products. The project’s impact on biopesticides regulation and industry was recognised in a report from the Defra Science Advisory Council. Furthermore, its findings also informed European Parliament discussions, and a new EU Directive on the regulation of biopesticides represents a ‘seismic shift’ in biopesticide policy.
Biopesticides are an important part of integrated pest management (IPM), which aims to use complementary methods to manage pest populations at low levels, and could replace some synthetic pesticides that can harm the environment and human health.
The project was supported by the Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) programme which received funding from BBSRC, ESRC and NERC.
Read the full impact evidence report (PDF 191KB).
Image: Dave Chandler