Progress needed to characterise the active agent in biologicals
In the EU, biopesticides are registered under the same regulatory framework as chemical pesticides. The EU’s registration process is complex with limited guidance on key areas of biopesticide risk assessment.
Due to this limited guidance, expert opinion is required on the choice of methodologies for unequivocal strain level identification and characterisation of microorganisms used in biological control products. Proper characterisation will facilitate decision making in other areas of risk assessment and enable smoother registration of biocontrol products.
Dr Oluwatobi Oni, TSG Consulting, discusses this issue in an article published in the June 2018 issue of AGROW Agribusiness intelligence.