The toxicity and environmental impact of pesticides differ. The term “biorational pesticides” refers to pest control materials that are relatively non-toxic to humans and have few adverse effects on the environment. A coordinated pest management plan relies on monitoring to detect pests and uses targeted products to prevent infestations without harming beneficial insects that suppress pests across the farm. A biorational decision-making approach provides information and guidance for making the right decision.
According to the market database, certain biorationals are allowed on organic crops, but not all. Based on the active ingredient, some formulations or products may be approved for application in certified organic produce while others are not. A growing population is challenging global agriculture to maintain food production due to changes in insect attacks and climate conditions. There is overwhelming evidence that the use of chemical pesticides has led to many other serious problems, such as ecological backlash in pest species, environmental pollution, loss of biodiversity, and harm to humans in particular.
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A new generation of pesticides has emerged in recent years for pest management. The biorational pesticide, also known as the latest generation of pesticides, contains natural components that pose no adverse impacts to the environment or beneficial organisms. These pesticides include Bacillus thuringiensis, neonicotinoids, avermectins, pyrroles, phenylpyrazoles, spinosyns, and various insect growth regulators. In addition to targeting a narrower range of pests, they also tend to have more specific modes of action.
According to the market database, newer classes of pesticides tend to control pest populations rather than completely eradicate them. Besides replacing persistent conventional insecticides, these products have demonstrated an effective cost-benefit ratio, tackled ecological backlash, and ensured food security with a safe environment. Therefore, biorational pesticides are both a source of optimism and concern. It is also demonstrating their potential as the basis of sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) programs.
Biopesticide research and development is on the rise at Agchem companies as consumer awareness about chemicals is rising, and conventional toxic pesticides are disappearing. The discovery and development of biopesticidal candidates are a critical part of this process. It involves scouting, identifying, screening potential leads, formulations, and scaling up to the application, manufacturing, and commercial introduction.
In humans, exposure to high levels of active ingredients and degradation of metabolites from residues on cereals and vegetables can adversely affect the endocrine system. As a result, pest control agents used in agriculture must comply with strict maximum residue levels (MRL). Several EU directives have gone into effect, resulting in the withdrawal of conventional pesticides from the region.
Mitsui to provide biorational solutions
Mitsui & CO., LTD. recently completed the first stage of its acquisition of Belchim Crop Protection, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Mitsui AgriScience International (MASI). The first stage involved transferring Belchim’s shares, along with management control over the business. All conditions set out by the EU Commission had applied, and the process came to an end.
According to the market database, MASI aims to support sustainable food supply and the agricultural industry through science. It will benefit from the acquisition and create a sustainable, sizable, and unique crop protection business in Europe and beyond. Mitsui will begin collaboration between Belchim, MASI, and its European subsidiary Certis Europe BV, to capture synergies and realize this ambitious goal.
To build a sustainable crop protection business in Europe, the company plans to build on the capabilities and success of both Belchim and Certis. The company has a critical mass and the ability to assist Japanese research and development innovation. It aims to provide a platform for the development and commercialization of its products and other key suppliers. The company’s primary focus will be on research and development innovation, seed treatment, biorational products, and soil sustainability. They will continue to meet customers’ crop protection needs in both arable and specialty crops by providing a wide range of solutions. The biorational pesticides market and its 10-year business outlook can be understood using Global Market Database.