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Microbial Pesticides


Ecologically Safe Means (Microbial Pesticides) for Plant and Food Protection from Pest Insects

Tech Area / Field

  • AGR-PPR/Plant Protection/Agriculture
  • BIO-MIB/Microbiology/Biotechnology
  • BIO-IND/Industrial Biotechnology/Biotechnology

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
Georgian Kanchaveli L. Research Institute of Plant Protection, Georgia, Tbilisi


  • European Biological Control Laboratory, France, Montferrier sur Lez\nUniversity of Vermont, USA, Vermont\nUniversität für Bodenkultur, Austria, Vienna\nUS Department of Agriculture / Grain Marketing and Production Research Center, USA, KS, Manhattan\nKrehbiel-Graether Consulting, Germany, Otterstadt\nYakima Ag. Res. Lab, USA, WA, Wapato\nMiljo & Energi, Denmark, Roskilde\nRutgers University / Center for Ceramics Research, USA, NJ, Piscataway\nBiologische Bundesanstalt fur Land-Und Forstwirtschaft / Institut fur Vorratsschutz, Germany, Berlin\nOhio State University / Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, USA, Wooster, Ohio\nKVL Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University , Denmark, Copenhagen

Project summary

Microbial control is an important part of the global program of the present day, “Man and the Environment”.

Microbial preparations are created on the basis of real microorganisms, which exist in nature. Application of the living microorganisms causes no environmental consequences. Microbial plant protection is realized by using mainly imported bacterial preparations. At present Georgia needs its own production of microbial means.

Microbial preparations will be produced mainly on the basis of local natural bioagents, which are more effective in the control of pest insects. This new approach concerns maintenance of the biological activity of the preparation, to raise the protective effect, which, in turn, will occupy an important place in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

The main aim of the Project is to develop an environmentally friendly microbiological preparation to control pest insects in agriculture, food and forest industries. Microbial preparations based on local and introduced entomopathogenic microorganism strains (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) will be included in IPM.

The Project includes the following stages:
– Determination of the optimum combination of bacterial and viral strains, which maintain a long-term toxic effect;
Massive cultivation of fungi Ashersonia - "Georgian strain";
Evaluation of the efficacy of microbial preparations under field testing for controlling Lepidopteran and Coleopteran pests and scale insects on experimental plots of ornamental and nursery homeowner/urban, perennial and annual agriculture, forests (foliage and coniferous) and storehouses;
Recommendations on selective preparations for mass production.

The scientific value of the Project involves the development and application of plant and food protection from pest organisms without any negative influence on man and the environment, while ensuring the restoration and preservation of a positive ecological balance.

The production of microbial formulations is lucrative. For example, the cost of 1kg of microbial pesticide does not exceed 10 US$, while the cost of chemical pesticide Fe. SHERPA is 30 US$.

Project implementation will help to continue and accomplish earlier performed investigations and to put them into practice.


The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) is an intergovernmental organization connecting scientists from Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia with their peers and research organizations in the EU, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway and the United States.


ISTC facilitates international science projects and assists the global scientific and business community to source and engage with CIS and Georgian institutes that develop or possess an excellence of scientific know-how.

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