Biopesticides – Pest Control in an Environmentally Friendly Way
May 21, 2018Over the past several years, the use of chemical pesticides have had harmful side effects on crops and the soil, primarily due to the production of non-biodegradable residues. The growing demands for safe and healthy food, have provided the impetus to formulate alternative kinds of pesticides that would tackle pests during cultivation, in an environmentally friendly way. Biopesticides are biologically derived pesticides that are used to combat pests, weeds, and pathogens in crops. They are obtained from natural materials such as plants, animals, certain minerals, fungi, and bacteria. They are preferred over conventional pesticides due to advantages such as lower toxicity, easy decomposition, low pollution, and targeted killing of pests. The global market for biopesticides is expected to reach US$ 6.6 Billion in 2022 from a value of US$ 2.83 Billion in 2016. This IP landscape report provides insights into currently active patents addressing the technologies and applications related to Biopesticides.