Bioproducts Research Consortium (BRC)
Worldwide, about 3 billion kilograms of pesticides are applied each year at a cost of over US $ 40 billion. Despite this, problems continue, with resurgence of secondary pests, environmental pollution and pesticide residues in food, drinking water, and even milk. Biopesticides have shown great potential to replac+e/supplement chemical pesticides. It is in this backdrop that the BRC, an initiative of ICRISAT was formalized in January 2005 to deliver the research outputs and technologies leading to mass scale production of quality microbial biopesticides at low cost through effective public private partnerships.
BRC currently has 11 private companies as members supporting research.