I recently did a presentation on entomopathogenic fungi for my company and became fascinated with the potential for pest control to change for the better. They’re even researching how mycopesticides could be used to combat the Spotted Lanternfly, a highly invasive pest in the Northeast.
I think it might take a long time to get to a biopesticide-dominated industry, but we’re already starting to see ways where they can be incorporated into more environmentally friendly management plans. What are everyone else’s thoughts?
This is great. I am not familiar with the use of biopesticides, but I would like to learn more, especially relative to their use in the arid west. I work for a local government and occasionally have the opportunity to weigh in on sustainable practices. The hottest issue we have right now is that water prices are so high, yet people still have Kentucky bluegrass lawns which take a lot of irrigation to keep green here. Water conservation is seen as THE sustainability issue right now. And the most cost effective way we have come up with to convert these lawns to native species is to use an herbicide to kill them first. At first they wanted to use glyphosate/RoundUp/Rodeo. But fortunately I was able to loop in our local expert and now we’re considering Cheetah Pro or Reward, which are not forms of glyphosate and can be obtained without surfactants. This seems like good progress so far but I am sure there are even better methods to come.