The biopesticide has been prepared by students of GRM Senior Secondary School in Bareilly. It is one of the few projects from the state to be selected for the National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC) to be held at Dimapur, Nagaland, from December 27 to 31.
“Just by analysing some of the basic biology principles under the guidance of our biotech teacher, we managed to develop the pesticide,” group leader Saheli Gupta, a Class XI student, said over telephone. Gupta and four of her schoolmates have come up with the innovative pesticide that unlike chemical pesticides does not degrade soil fertility.
“Organic compounds like allicin found in garlic, capsaicinoids derived from green chillies and sulphur compounds extracted from onion give the pesticide the strength to fight pests,” said Varshney. Besides being eco-friendly, its low manufacturing cost also gives the biopesticide an edge over its chemical counterparts.