biopesticide

noun

bio·​pes·​ti·​cide ˌbī-ō-ˈpe-stə-ˌsīd How to pronounce biopesticide (audio)
: a pesticide consisting of naturally occurring or genetically engineered microorganisms (such as bacteria)

Examples of biopesticide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to enzymes, Burr promoted agricultural innovations in the fields of robotics, sensors and biopesticides. Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 According to Daniel, charcoal acts as a natural biopesticide, keeping bugs and bacteria away from the plants and allows better airflow between the roots. Anna Braz, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 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, AZCentral.com, 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biopesticide was in 1980

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“Biopesticide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biopesticide. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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