A university biologist in Southwest China encouraged people to drink pesticide at his lab on Thursday [14 December 2017. Viscous and green, the biological pesticide was recently approved for mass production in China – and its inventor has quite the sales pitch. “The pesticide has two ingredients-cooking oil and rice,” said Xia Yuxian, professor at School of Life Sciences, Chongqing University. “Unlike many traditional pesticides, it may even be less toxic than a grilled meal.”…Full Article: The Global Times Dec 2017

Key Point

  • The active ingredient in the biopesticide is Metarhizium, fungus that is harmful to insects (e.g. beetles) but safe for humans. According to the professor at Chongqing University, he will be able to produce ~20 MTs of the biopesticide per month.

ChinaAg Comments

  • Biological pesticides (aka biopesticides) are pesticides that are derived from micro-organisms or natural products.
  • As of early 2017, China had ~260 biopesticide companies that had an annual output of ~14,000 MTs. Abamectin was the most widely produced biopesticide in China, accounting for just under half of all biopesticide registrations in the Chinese market. Abamectin (via Avermectin) is derived from the bacterium Streptomyces avermitilis. Abamectin can be used as an acaricide/nematicide on fruit orchards, cotton crops, vegetable crops, flowers, and other ornamentals.
  • In 2016, according to the Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals Ministry of Agriculture (ICAMA), China exported 3,068 tons of biopesticides valued at ~USD 46.9 million primarily to Vietnam, Brazil, and Cuba. From 2012 to 2014, Chinese exports of biopesticides declined from 4,913 MTs to 4,485 MTs. Major export biopesticide varieties included Diethyltoluamide (aka DEET), Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), and Kasugamycin.

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