Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 34, pp 33895–33900 | Cite as

Biocontrol, new questions for Ecotoxicology?

  • Marcel AmichotEmail author
  • Pierre Joly
  • Fabrice Martin-Laurent
  • David Siaussat
  • Anne-Violette LavoirEmail author
ECOTOX, new questions for terrestrial and aquatic ecotoxicology


Biocontrol is viewed as an environment friendly alternative to the use of conventional (synthetic) pesticides to control pests or weeds in agrosystems. It relies on the use of biopesticides (Table 1) gathering either macro/micro-organisms (also called biocontrol agents), natural substances purified from living organisms (biopesticides sensus stricto) or mineral preparations as defined in the Article L253-6 from the “Code rural et de la pêche maritime” (Code rural et de la pêche maritime 2014). The organisms can be insects, nematodes, bacteria, fungi, or viruses which could act as predators, parasitoids or pathogens of the pests or weeds (Flint and Dreistadt 1998). The natural substances can be plant extracts at various purification degrees or toxins from animals, plants, or bacteria. Depending on their nature and composition, they can induce toxic effects or manipulate the behavior of targeted organisms due to an attractive (as lures in traps) or repulsive effects. As for...



We would like to warmly thank the 50 participants (44 academics (including one Canadian), 2 from the industry, 2 from the stakeholder, and 2 from a scientific foundation) to ECOTOX conference who took part to this roundtable. Please note that this text is the transcription of our discussions held during the roundtable and should not be considered as an exhaustive picture of ecotoxicology in biocontrol.

Funding information

A.-V.L. was supported by ERA-NET ARIMNet2, project STomP, IDEX BOOST Projet structurant Université Côte d’Azur. A.M. was supported by IDEX BOOST Projet structurant Université Côte d’Azur.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INRA, CNRS, Université Côte d’Azur, ISASophia-AntipolisFrance
  2. 2.BiovitisSaint Étienne de ChomeilFrance
  3. 3.Agroécologie, AgroSup Dijon, INRAUniv. Bourgogne Franche-ComtéDijonFrance
  4. 4.INRA, CNRS, IRD, Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Université- Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of Paris- UMRParis-Est Créteil- Campus Pierre et Marie Curie-ParisFrance

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