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
(c) pulp for paper industry
(d) textile fibre
- 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.