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)

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Recent Examples on the Web The biopesticide is the first environmentally safe molluscicide to use inside power plants. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 One biopesticide, the common soil fungus Metarhizium acridum, has been used against locusts in recent years. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 4 June 2021 In addition to use as an oilseed crop, yellow mustard is also produced as condiment mustard, green manure, and as a biopesticide. oregonlive, 8 May 2021 The move brings nootkatone, considered a biopesticide, an insect repellent derived from natural ingredients, one step closer to inclusion in a consumer insecticide. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 10 Aug. 2020 He is worried that this new biopesticide could harm an insect or change the ecosystem in an unforeseen way. Amanda Morris,, 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, 10 Apr. 2020 In Somalia, which has large grazing areas, FAO is instead helping the country use biopesticides. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 12 Feb. 2020 Such biopesticides have previously been used in several countries to stamp out locust outbreaks. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 12 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of biopesticide

1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Biopesticide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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