HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Rome, Italy or Virtually from your home or work.
September 16-18, 2024 | Rome, Italy
GPMB 2022

Microbial-based pesticides, an alternative approach in agricultural pest management

Mathias Twizeyimana, Speaker at Plant Events
AgBiome, United States
Title : Microbial-based pesticides, an alternative approach in agricultural pest management


Every year an estimated 10-16% of global food production is lost to agricultural pests despite tremendous improvement in management practices over the years. The intensive use of synthetic pesticides and its dependency in controlling crop pests pose a risk of pesticide resistance; moreover, it has been very challenging to produce resistant cultivars for different crops and to discover new mode of action (MOA) active ingredients. The discovery of microbial-based pesticides that can effectively control major agricultural pests including plant diseases, insects, weeds, and nematodes will result not only in alternative management strategies, but also reduction of the high risk of pesticide resistance. At AgBiome, our mission is to partner with the microbial world for human benefit, and discover unique microbes with activity against major agricultural pests. We have built a core collection of fully sequenced microbes from diverse environments and employ both the microbes and their sequences in the discovery of new biological products for the control of diseases, insects, weeds, and nematodes. The identification of biological products with high efficacy against crop pests will provide a valuable alternative to synthetic pesticides and play a useful role in Integrated Pest Management programs.


Mathias Twizeyimana is a Plant Pathologist at AgBiome, Inc. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of California, Riverside, working on different crop pathogens. He has authored many scientific publications in leading plant pathology journals. Mathias did his postgraduate (Plant Pathology) training at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and his PhD in Plant Pathology under a joint program in these three institutions: University of Ibadan; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture; and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.