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Biopesticides for the control of storage insect pests

{Project} Biopesticides for the control of storage insect pests. Runs 2005 - 2009. Project Leader(s): Chambers, Dr John, Central Science Laboratory .

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The Problem
Cereals are an important component of the UK diet and of livestock feedstuffs but during storage are at risk of infestation by insects which damage quality and value. Chemical pesticides have been used to control infestations but are being phased out due to concerns about perceived safety, resistance and environmental impact. Biological control offers an alternative to the use of conventional chemical agents.
Project Aims
The primary aim of this project is to provide the basis for a whole new class of biological pesticides for use in the storage of a wide range of commodities including cereals and oilseeds.
Devise novel methodology which enables a model putative biopesticide to function under simulated conditions representing storage. Develop innovative methods to maximise delivery of the agent to a range of pests under appropriate conditions. Clarify the risks that need to be considered for registration. Confirm acceptability and practicality by addressing concerns about use, validating efficacy on realistic surfaces and in a trial premises, and calculating cost.
Benefits to the industry
This project will benefit the UK durables industry by
a) providing sufficient evidence that a model biopesticide will provide a real alternative to the use of conventional pesticides for the protection of stored cereals
b) ultimately allowing conventional pesticides to be restricted to emergency use only
c) helping organic farmers to protect the quality of their product by storage in compliance with organic standards
d) laying the foundations for the development of other biopesticides. The project will benefit the pest control industry by enabling contractual obligations for freedom from pests to be achieved without exposing operatives to harmful chemicals.

EPrint Type:Project description
Type of Facility:Other
Other Type:n/a
Keywords:cereals, arable, crops, storage, pests, insects, invertebrates, biological control, grain, models, economics
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Crop husbandry > Post harvest management and techniques
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Cereals, pulses and oilseeds
Research affiliation: UK > Central Science Laboratory (CSL)
UK > Other organizations
Research funders: UK > Other organizations
UK > Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Related Links:http://www.hgca.com/cms_publications.output/2/2/Publications/Publication/Biopesticides%20for%20the%20control%20of%20storage%20insect%20pests.mspx?fn=show&pubcon=2368, http://www2.defra.gov.uk/research/project_data/More.asp?I=LK0967&SCOPE=0&M=PSA&V=EP%3A200, http://www.exosect.com/ExosectPressRelease7February2006.asp
Project ID:LK0967
Start Date:1 April 2005
End Date:31 March 2009
Deposited By: Defra, R&D Organic Programme
ID Code:6769
Deposited On:14 Mar 2006
Last Modified:20 Aug 2009 14:29

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