biopesticide

noun
bio·​pes·​ti·​cide | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈpe-stə-ˌsīd How to pronounce biopesticide (audio) \

Definition of biopesticide

: a pesticide consisting of naturally occurring or genetically engineered microorganisms (such as bacteria)

Examples of biopesticide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He is worried that this new biopesticide could harm an insect or change the ecosystem in an unforeseen way. Amanda Morris, AZCentral.com, "As disease threatens citrus trees, researchers target the insects that are spreading it," 15 Apr. 2020 Somalia is three weeks behind in receiving a shipment of biopesticides for locust control due to Covid-19 delays. Neha Wadekar, Quartz Africa, "Two new generations of locusts are set to descend on East Africa again—400 times stronger," 10 Apr. 2020 In Somalia, which has large grazing areas, FAO is instead helping the country use biopesticides. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "In Somalia, an unprecedented effort to kill massive locust swarms with biocontrol," 12 Feb. 2020 Such biopesticides have previously been used in several countries to stamp out locust outbreaks. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "In Somalia, an unprecedented effort to kill massive locust swarms with biocontrol," 12 Feb. 2020 Some trees have already been treated with a biopesticide, the organization writes on its website. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Londoners Beware: These Toxic Caterpillars Cause Rashes and Asthma," 1 May 2018 Some trees have already been treated with a biopesticide, the organization writes on its website. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Londoners Beware: These Toxic Caterpillars Cause Rashes and Asthma," 1 May 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counsels pregnant women to use any E.P.A.-registered repellent, including those with picaridin (a synthetic compound), IR3535 (a biopesticide) and DEET. Catherine Saint Louis, New York Times, "Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus," 4 Apr. 2016

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Biopesticide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biopesticide. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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