Regulatory Requirements for Ecotoxicological Assessments of Microbial Insecticides — How Relevant are They?

  • Stefan T. Jaronski
  • Mark S. Goettel
  • Chris J. Lomer
Part of the Progress in Biological Control book series (PIBC, volume 1)


Microbial insecticides, as with other pesticides of biological origin, are generally considered to provide an environmentally benign pest control option. However, this does not mean that they are entirely free of hazards to health and the environment. Although the risks may be low, the introduction of any living biological agent into an environment is often an irreversible step (Dent 1999). Also, some generalist microbial pathogens are infectious to both vertebrates and invertebrates. Regulation of microbial pesticides is therefore necessary to protect the health and safety of consumers, pesticide applicators, the environment, and the economic interests of farmers.


Entomopathogenic Fungus Hazard Quotient Laboratory Bioassay Plant Protection Product Beauveria Bassiana 
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  • Stefan T. Jaronski
  • Mark S. Goettel
  • Chris J. Lomer

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