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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2019, Volume : 7, Issue : 3
First page : (391) Last page : (396)
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Biopesticides: A Key to Sustainable Agriculture

Rishap Dhakal1* and Deo Narayan Singh2

1Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, Banaras Hindu University, Barkachha, (Mirzapur) -231001
2Department of Agronomy, Udai Pratap College, Varanasi -221002
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Received: 30.10.2018  |  Revised: 27.11.2018   |  Accepted: 8.12.2018  



Various forms of life have existed in this universe ever since it was created. Many of them vanished in the changing environment and those which could adapt, survived. Among millions of life forms existing in this world, one species - human has got power to alter this world. They are always in search of things which led them to adapt to this changing environment. When pest population was increasing and farm production declining, they searched for ways and means through which these pests could be controlled and thus the synthetic pesticides came into being. Human never thought about the detrimental effects of these pesticides and used them indiscriminately for getting higher production. Later various detrimental effects on soil, environment, human and whole ecology were realized and search for an alternative to synthetic pesticide began and finally biopesticides came into existence.  Biopesticides are those pesticides which are extracted from natural or biological means. They are non- toxic in nature giving ecofriendly system for pest control. Ensuring food and nutritional security to ever increasing population of the world is a prime concern, especially when factor productivity is declining, environmental pollution is increasing and natural resources are as always limited. Sustainable agriculture in such situations seems to be viable option. Sustainable agriculture systems are those systems which are economically viable and provide nutritious and safe food with maintaining natural resources for present as well as for future generations. There are various tools followed for attaining sustainability in agricultural production system among which biopesticides is the one.

Key words: Sustainable agriculture, Biopesticides, Microbial pesticides, Semiochemicals

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Cite this article: Dhakal, R. and Singh, D.N., Biopesticides: A Key to Sustainable Agriculture, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.7(3): 391-396 (2019). doi: