Submitted to: Society of Nematologists Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: August 9, 1995
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Biopesticides are being touted as tools to replace some of the synthetic organic pesticides. However, for a number of reasons, commercial products are not meeting market expectations. Production, shelf life, and activity in the field are all aspects of microbial pesticides that must be considered when developing new products. We have focused on formulation as an issue and emphasized naturally occurring polymers from surplus farm commodities as matrix or film forming materials. Our data clearly demonstrate the utility of these polymers for extending residual activity and increasing efficacy of Bacillus thuringiensis in both granular and sprayable formulations. But, despite extensive efforts in technology transfer by the scientists involved in the project and by staff from the Biotechnology Research and Development Corporation, industry has been reluctant to commercialize these inventions. Possible reasons for this include: the "not invented here syndrome"; lack of knowledge of suitable industry standards for flowability, mixing, etc.; cost and bulk of additional ingredients; market size; company size. This presentation will attempt to discuss these and other issues.