The EU’s lack of understanding of biopesticides is hampering the industry’s attempts to find alternatives to banned agrichemical pesticides, claims AgriSense.

The EU should have followed the US’s lead in helping develop safe alternatives, said CEO Owen Jones. Biopesticides, which are derived from natural materials, were being hit by the same reduction of use targets as agrochemicals, he complained.

“Biopesticides can help in the battle against resistance to conventional pesticides,” added Greenery UK technical manager Richard Binks.