Microbes as interesting source of novel insecticides: A review uri icon


  • Microbes are ubiquitous, survive in all sorts of environments and have a profound influence on theearth. In the present day plant protection scenario, development of resistance to chemical pesticides isthe major hurdle in insect pest management. In recent years, several microbes with potentialinsecticidal properties have come to light. Viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa that are known toproduce an array of metabolites or toxins, form the basis for microbial insecticides. Since theseversatile organisms are amenable for genetic engineering, strains with good insecticidal properties canbe identified, evaluated and utilized for pest control. This paper reviews the insecticidal properties ofmicrobes and their potential utility in pest management

publication date

  • 2014