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August 2007
Natural, Microbial Biopesticides
AgraQuest natural biopesticides see growth in vineyard use, commercial ag market.
by Roger Lansing
The use of natural, microbial biopesticides is not new, but it is still an under-developed technology that has not been extensively applied or commercialized for agriculture. One of the best-known biopesticides, Bacillus thurengiensis (Bt), that attacks the larval (caterpillar) stages of moths, such as the omnivorous leafroller and grapeleaf skeletonizer, was discovered in 1911 and has been commercially available since the 1950s. Although over 50 percent of human drugs are derived from natural s...
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