2015-2015: EPA registration
Building on previous and
ongoing data initiatives, this consultancy project aimed to undertake
an intensive literature review and critical evaluation of published
data for a range of essential oils to support the regulatory evaluation
and approval processes of various rodenticidal biopesticide products
based on these oils. Biopesticides are pesticides that have been
derived from natural materials such as animals, plants and bacteria.
They are usually inherently less toxic than conventional synthetic
chemical pesticides and often control pests by non-toxic mechanisms.
For example, many essential oil based biopesticides have non-contact
activity, such as repellents. Nevertheless, such substances must still
be thoroughly investigated to ensure that they do not pose unreasonable
risks to human health or the environment. The data collated for this
project was that prescribed by the US Environmental Protection Agency
(40CFR 158.2050 & 40CFR 150.2060) and covered basic
physico-chemical properties of the oils as well as human toxicological
and non-target toxicological data to Tier I only.
Prof Kathy Lewis