Biopesticide developed for spice crops

Scientists at the Gurugram-based mostly Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technological know-how (IPFT ) jointly with their counterparts at the Ajmer-based mostly National Exploration Centre on Seed Spices (NRCSS), a constituent laboratory of the Indian Council of Agricultural Exploration, a new biopesticide for spice crops these types of as fenugreek, cumin and coriander.

The biopesticide formulation, prepared using fungus Verticillium lecanii, is incredibly effective in controlling a variety of insects discovered in seed spice crops, explained IPFT director, Jitendra Kumar, explained in a assertion on Friday. IPFT is a analysis centre beneath the Division of Chemical substances and Petrochemicals in the Ministry of Chemical substances and Fertilizers.

The seed spices crops suffer significant losses because of to a variety of insects. For controlling the insects, significant quantities of artificial chemical pesticides are used in these crops, ensuing in better degrees of pesticide residues in seed spices, foremost to hazards for human wellbeing and setting.

This bio-pesticide, for which a patent software is now filed, may be used as a safer alternative to chemical pesticides to minimise pesticide residue trouble, the assertion explained.