The Government of India has adopted Integrated Pest Management as a cardinal principal in plant protection. The implementation of pest control by biological means involves complete use of natural agents. The biopesticides and botanicals have not been able to make a huge impact commercially and hence in agriculture because of the high risk involvement. The Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, sponsored a project to launch Vittal Mallya Scientific Research Foundation as a center for testing and accreditation of botanical pesticides as well develop infrastructure for certification of botanicals and to impart training for setting up small scale production units.

Botanicals have yet not made place in the Indian agriculture as the first choice of the farmers though they are known for their safety to non-target organisms, reduced mammalian toxicity and absence of toxic residues. They are environmentally attractive, but are slow in action, restricted in their host spectrum and have limited field persistence. Plenty information generated across the world on different aspects of botanicals and on their effect and efficiencies against range of pests and for crop management. The information generated includes methods of extraction, chemistry, bio-efficacy tests, formulations, and much more. Searching for specific information for a researcher for furthering the all ready done work is a herculean task and many times results in duplication of work and time consuming. It is therefore deliberately planned to consolidate all available and possible information on botanical pesticides in the form of a database and make it further available to researchers and entrepreneurs.

Plants having pesticidal properties

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Disclaimer: The data in this database was gathered manually from published literature in books, research articles and research notes. While earnest effort is made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, no guarantee is given for accuracy of information. Please refer to the original sources for further verifications. All copy rights are reserved. No liabilities of any sort accepted.

Acknowledgment: VMSRF acknowledges the research grant (BT/PR11756/AGR/05/456/2009) by Department of Biotechnology, GOI for developing this botanical pesticide database and making it available to researchers of botanical pesticides.