Environmental Impacts of Bacterial Biopesticides

  • Travis R. Glare
  • Maureen O’Callaghan
Part of the Progress in Biological Control book series (PIBC, volume 1)


Bacteria have been used in the biological control of insect pests since the early 20th century, but very few entomopathogenic bacteria have been developed into commercially available biopesticides. Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner (Bt) is currently used in over 90% of all biopesticides sold worldwide. Bt has been developed into over 100 products (Glare and O’Callaghan 2000) which are used, collectively, against at least 1000 pest species. The species Bt is comprised of numerous strains and subspecies (Lecadet et al. 1999), that can produce a wide variety of invertebrate-specific toxins.


Bacillus Thuringiensis Laboratory Bioassay Bacillus Sphaericus Bacillus Thuringiensis Subsp Entomopathogenic Bacterium 
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