Regulating Biopesticides

19. Dezember 2013

In the past “Informa Biopesticides Conference”, some updates on regulation of biopesticides were announces from the European Commission (EC): In line with the Sustainable Use Directive (Directive 2009/128/EC), Europe has initiated to define individual national objectives and timetables to manage pesticide use in their National Action Plans (NAPs). Until December 2013, 27 NAPs have been received and their evaluation and reporting is schedule by 26 November 2014. Regarding Integrated pest management (IPM), Member States should have reported by 30 June 2013 on the measures to promote low pesticide-input pest management and on the establishment of necessary conditions for the implementation of IPM. Status December 2013: 23 reports were sent to the EC. The revision of these IPM Reports is programmed for 2014.

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Biopesticides are pesticides derived from such natural materials as animals. Biopesticides can be based on living organisms (microbial, bacteria, fungi, virus, viroid and other), macrobials (macroorganisms), botanicals (plant extracts), biochemicals (pheromones and other semiochemicals) and other natural products (hormones, minerals, enzymes, etc.).

Biopesticides can be used as insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, seed treatments, nematicides, plant or animal growth regulators, plant strengtheners, biostimulants, biofertilizers, and others.