2nd Edition

Biopesticides Handbook

Edited By Leo M.L. Nollet, Showkat Mir Copyright 2024
    334 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Biopesticides have a great influence in sustainable agriculture, and their use in commercial farming ensures environmental protection, qualitative products, and effective use of resources. The second edition of Biopesticides Handbook is fully updated and includes five new chapters on microbial, biochemical, and RNAi pesticides. It details the benefits of biopesticides along the food chain, offering a full spectrum of the range of organisms and organic products that may be used in the biological control of pests. It discusses the uses and abuses of biopesticides, their positive and negative consequences, as well as more recent advances and the best mode of action to improve environmental safety.


    • Thoroughly updated, this edition explores not only the benefits but also all aspects of biopesticides
    • Includes new chapters on the uses of biochemical and microbial pesticides and plant-incorporated protectants
    • Discusses the new field of RNAi pesticides
    • Provides information on insect growth regulators and allelochemicals
    • Introduces a new chapter on the uses of biopesticides in food and medicinal crops

    This book is intended for professionals, researchers, academics, and postgraduate students with experience in fields such as chemistry, biochemistry, environmental sciences, ecology, and agriculture, as well as those invested in the supply chain of agricultural products, such as farmers, growers, and other stakeholders.

    Section 1: Biopesticides

    1. Biopesticides: An Introduction

    Leo M.L. Nollet

    2. Types of Biopesticides

    Travis R. Glare and Leo M.L. Nollet

    3. Metabolism of Biopesticides

    Leo M.L. Nollet

    4. Biopesticides and Their Mode of Action: Communicating Sustainable Agricultural Practices amid Climate Change Threats

    Shariq Ibrahim Sherwani and Haseeb Ahmad Khan

    5. Biopesticides Regulatory Schemes

    Kumari Neha, Faraat Ali, Hasan Ali, Neelam Singh, Manisha Trivedi, and Arvind Kumar Sharma

    Section 2: Residues of Biopesticides

    6. Biopesticide Residues in Foodstuffs

    Javed Ahamad, Adil Ahamad, Mohd Javed Naim, Javed Ahmad, and Showkat Rasool Mir

    7. Biopesticide Residues in Water

    Debarati Rakshit and Awanish Mishra

    8. Biopesticide Residues in Soil

    Beatriz Martín-García, Alba Reyes-Ávila, José L. Martínez-Vidal, Antonia Garrido Frenich, and Roberto Romero-González

    Section 3: Classes of Biopesticides

    9. Biochemical Pesticides

    Zareeka Haroon, Hyda Haroon, Irzam Haroon, Showkat Rasool Mir, and Yawar Sadiq

    10. Microbial Biopesticides

    Zareeka Haroon, Hyda Haroon, Asfia Shabbir, Irzam Haroon, and Yawar Sadiq

    11. Plant-Incorporated Protectants

    Faraat Ali, Kumari Neha, Hasan Ali, and Arvind Kumar Sharma

    12. Applications of Pheromones in Crop Protection

    Faraat Ali and Leo M.L. Nollet

    13. Oil Pesticides

    Leo M.L. Nollet

    14. Does RNAi-Based Technology Fit within EU Sustainability Goals?

    Clauvis Nji Tizi Taning, Bruno Mezzetti, Gijs Kleter, Guy Smagghe, and Elena Baraldi

    15. Insect Growth Regulators

    Kavita Munjal, Vinod Kumar Gauttam, Showkat Rasool Mir, Nikita Nain, and Sumeet Gupta

    16. The Use of Plant Extracts and Wastes from Agroindustry as Pest Management Agents

    Leo M.L. Nollet

    17. Fungal Biopesticides and Their Uses for Control of Insect Pests and Diseases

    Deepak Kumar, M. K. Singh, Hemant Kumar Singh, and K. N. Singh

    18. Allelochemicals

    Hyda Haroon, Irzam Haroon, Zareeka Haroon, Yawar Sadiq, Kavita Munjal, and Showkat Rasool Mir

    Section 4: Uses of Biopesticides

    19. Biopesticides for Food and Medicinal Crops

    Irzam Haroon, Hyda Haroon, Yawar Sadiq, Zareeka Haroon, and Showkat Rasool Mir


    Leo M.L. Nollet earned an MS (1973) and a PhD (1978) in biology at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium. He is an editor and associate editor of more than 50 books. He has edited for CRC Press of Taylor & Francis Group the first, second, and third editions of Food Analysis by HPLC and the Handbook of Food Analysis, 2 volume set. Dr. Nollet also edited the first, second, and third editions of the Handbook of Water Analysis and the third and fourth editions of Chromatographic Analysis of the Environment. With Fidel Toldrá, he co-edited a series of animal product-related books. Dr. Nollet has co-edited with Y. H. Hui and other colleagues several other books. With Hamir Rathore, he worked on 4 books about pesticides. In the series Food Analysis and Properties, he has edited more than 15 books. New volumes are in preparation for this series.

    Showkat Rasool Mir is currently working as an associate professor at Jamia Hamdardard, New Delhi. He started his career in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, in 2002 after completing an MPharm at the same institute. He earned a PhD in 2006. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience. He teaches pharmacognosy and phytochemistry at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has authored three books and several book chapters. Dr. Mir has more than 15 years of experience in the field of natural product research. He has more than 80 research papers in national and international journals to his credit. His cumulative impact factor is more than 80, and his h-index is 28. He has supervised ten PhD and twenty PG scholars while four PhD and two PG scholars are currently pursuing research projects under his supervision. He has successfully completed four funded research projects. His field of expertise is the spectroscopic identification and characterization of natural products. He studies the role of plants and their products as drugs and health foods.