Microbial pesticides: trends, scope and adoption for plant and soil improvement

Pooja Singh, Purabi Mazumdar

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Hazardous effects of chemical pesticides on human health and environment have always been a concern. Microbial pesticides are pest management agents based on living micro-organisms or natural products and thus offers a better alternative to chemical pesticide. Microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, virus, or microsporidia constitute the functional ingredient in microbial pesticides. The global market for microbial pesticides was valued at USD 3.48 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach a value of USD 7.38 billion in 2023. Microbial pesticides are highly specific against target pests facilitating the survival of beneficial insect. However, the high specificity leads to use of multiple microbial pesticides. The inconsistency in the efficacy and stability in a different environment is also another challenge. This chapter emphasizes on the scope of microbial pesticides along with the mechanism of actions to improve plant and soil health, market trend, regulatory issues associated with microbial pesticides, challenges and future opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiopesticides
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2: Advances in Bio-inoculants
EditorsAmitava Rakshit, Vijay Singh Meena, P.C. Abhilash, B.K. Sarma, H.B. Singh, Leonardo Fraceto, Manoj Parihar, Anand Kumar Singh
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9780128233559
ISBN (Print)9780128236147
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Biopesticides
  • Biosafety regulation
  • Microbial pesticides
  • Plant health
  • Plant-microbes interaction
  • Soil health

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