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Title: Formulating microbial agents for pest control applications

item Dunlap, Christopher

Submitted to: American Chemical Society Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/15/2008
Publication Date: 6/14/2008
Citation: Dunlap, C.A. 2008. Formulating microbial agents for pest control applications [abstract]. American Chemical Society Abstracts. Paper No. 548.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Microbial biological control is the use of beneficial microbes to control pests and pathogens. The development of biological control products for use in pest management requires technology to produce, handle, store, and disperse large amounts of microbial propagules. Production can be accomplished with liquid fermentation or solid-state methods. Processes and handling techniques occurring post-production are collectively referred to as formulation technology. Formulation technology is integral to the success of any microbial biocontrol project. In general, the goals of formulation include improving storage stability, ease of handling, and improving the dispersion, persistence, and efficacy of the microbes in the targeted environment. Examples of this include controlled drying processes, addition of exogenous nutrients, and adjuvants to improve physical properties and stability of the product.