Alternative crop protectants and biopesticides

Across the EU tougher pesticide regulations mean that fewer products and few applications are permitted per season. This is mainly driven by very low allowable pesticide residues in food, feed and drink, concerns over general environmental impacts of pesticides and specific issues like the potential contribution of pesticide overuse to pollinator decline. As a result, new research is prioritised at EU and UK level to find biologically derived replacement products that are compatible with other IPM tools, particularly biocontrol agents.