Biotechnological Approaches in Biocontrol

         Biotechnological approaches have considerable potential to address many of the challenges posed by large diversity and gene pool of insect pests, diseases, nematodes, weeds and their natural enemies. Such approach has potential to improve our knowledge of biological control agents, taxonomic clarity, genetic variability, detection of genetically distinct populations of invasive pest species, tracing the origin of invasive pest populations and development of improved recombinant natural enemies. Furthermore, evolution of 2 insecticide and stress tolerant natural enemies with defined molecular mechanism would help in planning suitable biocontrol strategies. To address the question of potential impact posed by RNA interference based pesticides and genetically modified crops to non-target organisms. NGS based whole genome and transcriptome sequencing of biocontrol agents would unravel different molecular mechanism of both biotic, abiotic stresses and other fitness attributes. Development of nano-formulations in certain microbial pesticides would enhance their efficacy in suppressing the insect pests and diseases.

Lead talk 1 on “Small molecules of insect origin as insecticides - Raj K. Bhatnagar, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, India"

Lead talk 2 on “Role of transgenic Bt crops in promoting biological control and integrated pest management - T M Manjunath, Director (Retd.), Monsanto Research Centre; Former Vice President, Bio-Control Research Labortories, PCI, Bengaluru"