Bacillus thuringiensis: Cultivation, Applications in Agriculture and Environmental Safety


David P. Sanders (Editor)

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies

BISAC: TEC003060

This monograph contains four chapters, each of which provides a different perspective on biopesticides. Chapter One concerns the use of biopesticides in sustainable agriculture, including the interactions between biopesticides and chemical pesticides, production issues, and opportunities for future research. Chapter Two describes the bottom-up approach for using Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) as a biopesticide and for enhancing host plant resistance against major foliage feeders through deployment of suitable cry genes. Chapter Three reviews strategies for mitigating the spread of Bt resistance and improving insecticidal activity against Bt-susceptible pests. Lastly, Chapter Four aims to revise, debate, and evaluate the effects of Bt as phosphate solubilizing and phosphorus uptake by plant establishment.

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Chapter 1. Biopesticides in Sustainable Agriculture: Current Status and Prospects
(Diouneia Lisiane Berlitz, Lidia Mariana Fiuza, Ricardo Antônio Polanczyk, Daniel Mendes Pereira Ardisson-Araújo, Maximiano Corrêa Cassal and Deise Maria Fontana Capalbo – DLB Biological Solutions, Rolante, RS, Brazil, et al.)

Chapter 2. Harnessing the Potential Benefits of Bacillus thuringiensis for Management of Insect Pests of Castor (Ricinus communis L.)
(P.S. Vimala Devi, P. Duraimurugan and M. Sujatha – ICAR-Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad, Telangana State, India)

Chapter 3. Strategies for Boosting or Maintaining the Insecticidal Activity of Bacillus thuringiensis
(Wataru Mitsuhashi)

Chapter 4. Solubilization of Phosphorus by Bacillus thuringiensis
(Jorge João Delfim – Instituto de Investigação Agronômica, Chianga, Huambo, Angola, Department of Agronomy, State University of Londrina, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil)


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