Innovations in Biotechnology and Medical Sciences

[pib] Bio-Pesticide Formulation using Verticillium Lecanii


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Verticillium lecanii

Mains level: NA

Indian researchers have successfully developed new Aqueous Suspension formulation technology of bio-pesticide based on entomopathogenic fungus Verticillium lecanii.

Try this PYQ:

Q.Recently, there was a growing awareness in our country about the importance of Himalayan nettle (Girardinia diversifolia) because it is found to be a sustainable source of

(a) anti-malarial drug

(b) biodiesel

(c) pulp for paper industry

(d) textile fibre

Verticillium lecanii

  • This bio-pesticide formulation has been found very effective in controlling various insects in seed spice crops (fenugreek, cumin, and coriander).
  • It has a good shelf life, safe to user & environment and it may be effectively used for controlling different agricultural insects especially in seed spice crops.
  • This bio-pesticide may be used as a safer alternative to chemical pesticides to minimize pesticide residue problem.
  • Besides, it may be used as a key input for crop protection from insects pest in organic agriculture and Integrated Pest Management.

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