UK farmers and growers are challenged with adopting environmentally acceptable methods of pest control while maintaining quality, productivity and profitability. This project will provide new understanding of the environmental and regulatory sustainability of deploying inundatively applied biological control agents (aka biopesticides) as alternatives to chemical pesticides. This will be addressed using entomopathogenic fungi to control aphids in leafy salad crops, a system of which the consortium has considerable expertise.

The project comprises four linked objectives:

  1. to assess the obstacles to regulatory innovation for environmentally-friendly pest control within a model of the regulatory state
  2. to improve understanding of the environmental behaviour of biopesticides in relation to entomopathogen local adaptation
  3. to assess the benefit / cost contributions of biopesticides to sustainability, given constraints imposed by existing decision-making networks
  4. to compare the private governance model of pesticide reduction in the UK with its legislatively driven counterpart in Denmark.

By improving understanding of key natural and social science factors affecting the deployment of alternatives to chemical pesticides, and by entering into dialogue with principal actors in the pesticide regulation system, this project will progress sustainability goals for the UK rural economy across the whole of the food chain.



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How biopesticides can help the rural economy

Creator: Wyn Grant Date: 20 October 2008 Presentation/lecture

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Working together across disciplines : challenges for the natural and social sciences

Creator: David Chandler Date: 20 October 2008 Seminar/workshop

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Working with biological scientists : the EU dimension

Creator: Wyn Grant Date: 20 October 2008 Seminar/workshop

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Full research report

Author: Wynford Grant Date: 12 February 2008 Full research report

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Non-technical summary

Author: Wynford Grant Date: 12 February 2008 Research summary

More support needed for biopesticides : the current regulatory climate for biopesticides in the EU is stifling these innovative crop protection agents. But changes to UK legislation and the possibility of EU areas that recognise other member states' biopesticide approvals could increase their use

Author: Wyn Grant Date: 01 January 2008 Article (submitted)

Improving the availability of biopesticides : an interdisciplinary research project

Author: David Chandler Date: 01 January 2008 Journal article

Microbial pesticides for integrated crop management : an assessment of environmental and regulatory sustainability

Author: David Chandler Date: 01 January 2008 Journal article

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Design principles for a better regulatory system for biopesticides

Author: Wyn Grant Date: 01 January 2008 Booklet

Interdisciplinary research : some practical, methodological and philosophical problems

Author: Justin Greaves Date: 01 January 2008 Occasional paper

The consequences of the 'cut off' criteria for pesticides : alternative methods of cultivation

Author: David Chandler Date: 01 January 2008 Technical report

Benefits and costs of biopesticides in terms of their contribution to sustainability

Author: Wynford Grant Date: 01 January 2007 Discussion paper

Design principles for a better regulatory system for biopesticides

Author: Wynford Grant Date: 01 January 2007 Technical report

Working with biological scientists

Author: Wyn Grant Date: 01 January 2007 Journal article

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Biopesticides, regulatory innovation and the regulatory state

Author: Justin Greaves Date: 02 November 2006 Conference paper/presentation

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The challenges of interdisciplinary environmental research : the case of biopesticides

Author: Wynford Grant Date: 02 November 2006 Conference paper/presentation

Warwick i-cast video on biopesticides

Author: Wynford Grant Date: 01 January 2006 Video

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Start date
01 November 2004
End date
31 October 2007
Grant holder
Professor Wyn Grant
Grant amount
£309,544.63
Grant reference
RES-224-25-0048
Discipline
Interdisciplinary Studies
Grant type