Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2018)
Effect of biopesticides on soil parameters
Author(s): Sundararaman Geethalakshmi, Balakrishnan Hemalatha
Abstract: Cultivable soil is rich in minerals and microorganisms that support the growth and yield of crops. Recent trends of agriculture rely on usage of synthetic pesticides for restricting the growth of pests and other pathogenic microbes. Due to this practice, the fertility of the soil decreases and the microbial biomass is under threat. Using synthetic pesticides converts the pests as resistant varieties which lead to the formulation of more potent pesticides. These synthetic polymers interfere with the quality of the crops which leads to many toxic effects to human and animals. To overcome this problem, biofertilizer and biopesticides are being widely used. This study highlights the usage of biopesticides which does not alter the soil physical, chemical and microbial parameters, still protecting the crop form harmful pests and insects. The components used in the study are commonly available at low cost. Hence, this study will form a foundation as an alternative for synthetic pesticides.