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Biopesticides; fresh hope for the future

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Biopesticides offer an innovative approach to the management of pests in farming systems using formulated microbial agents as the active ingredient... Microbes that have been used in this approach include fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes... From initial surveys, a number of species of Trichoderma not previously recorded from Australia have been identified and their interaction with the organism responsible for crown rot and RLN are being evaluated in laboratory and glasshouse trials...