Biopesticides are currently used to manage invertebrate pests, plant pathogens, and weeds. The microorganisms used include bacteria, yeasts, fungi, and viruses. Most research has been conducted on fungal species; as many are easily cultured, their spores are environmentally stable and can be easily managed, amended, and manipulated -they can hence be applied with convention spray systems. To date, much more research effort has been spent on the development, registration, and commercialization of products for plant pathogens and pest species than of weed species, so only the former two will be covered here.
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