GOING GREEN WITH BIOPESTICIDES
CROP PRODUCTION in agriculture requires effective control of plant pathogens, weeds, and invertebrates like insects that can reduce yields up to 50%. There are about 67,000 species of plant pests. The conventional pesticides (compounds for controlling pests) used contain chemicals that are not only toxic to target species but can also be toxic to beneficial organisms and persist in the environment for a long time. Biopesticides (biological pesticides) that are produced from natural materials from animals, plants, bacteria, and minerals are an alternative to chemical pesticides.