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China calls for biopesticide research

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has highlighted the importance of biopesticide research in its 2009 “High Technology Development Report”, published early this month. Pesticide discovery is “increasingly reliant” on biotechnology, and in China the term “biopesticide” has practically become a substitute for newly-developed pesticides in the post-genomic era. New pesticides are forced to conform to the “green” ideals of being “highly-effective, low toxicity, low dosage, low trace and easily degradable”, the report states.



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