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Risk Assessment of Microbial Pesticides I - Human Health

Edited by:
Philip Marx-Stoelting, PhD, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Germany
Shannon Borges, MSc, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, United States of America
Tewes Tralau, PhD, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Germany

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 July 2024


Environmental Health is calling for submissions to our Collection on Risk Assessment of Microbial Pesticides I - Human Health, a complementary Collection to Risk Assessment of Microbial Pesticides II - Ecological Effects published in Environmental Sciences Europe.

Microbial pesticides are part of a sustainable agriculture strategy, but due to their unique nature, tools for assessing hazards and risks require different approaches compared to chemical pesticides. This Collection is focused on problem formulation and finding solutions to advance microbial hazard testing, which will help to inform regulatory decisions about microbial pesticides.

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New Content ItemThis collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being, SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG 13 – Climate Action, SDG 14 – Life Below Water, SDG 15 – Life on Land.

Meet the Editors

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Philip Marx-Stoelting, PhD, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Germany

Philip Marx-Stoelting, Dr. rer. nat., ERT, is serving at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) as a scientific director heading the unit ‘testing and assessment strategies’ in the pesticides safety department and the BfR working group on endocrine disruptors. He is involved in several large European research projects on NAM development including PARC, where he is leading the work-package ‘hazard assessment’. He is involved in several expert panels on EU and international level and chairing the 3R working group of the German Society for Toxicology (GT).

Shannon Borges, MSc, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA

Shannon Borges is Deputy Director of the Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs. She has over 19 years of experience in ecological risk assessment of pesticides, the majority of which has been focused on microbial pesticides and products of biotechnology. Shannon has research experience in exposure and hazard assessment of environmental contaminants to wildlife as well as experience in the non-profit sector leading a program to increase detection of wildlife-pesticide incidents.

Tewes Tralau, PhD, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Germany

Dr. Tewes Tralau is the head of the Department of Pesticides Safety as well as chair of the institutional working group on new assessment methodologies. He has more than 20 years of active research experience regarding xenobiotic and secondary metabolism and has overseen close to 3500 risk assessments under REACH, CLP, Food and Feed and Pesticides Safety. He joined the BfR in 2010, following a distinguished research career at the Universities of Manchester and Konstanz with stations at Fudan University in Shanghai, the Louis-Pasteur University and the iCS in Strasbourg and the synchrotron facilities at Grenoble and Oxford. At BfR he has since established the institute’s work on microbiome-host interactions and overseen several research projects in the fields of molecular toxicology, endocrinology and epigenetics. He is member of several national and international working groups as well as various academic and regulatory advisory panels and has authored several of the institute’s key strategy papers on new assessment methodologies and the future of risk assessment.

About the Collection

Microbial pesticides are part of a sustainable agriculture strategy, but due to their unique nature, tools for assessing hazards and risks require different approaches compared to chemical pesticides. This Collection is focused on problem formulation and finding solutions to advance microbial hazard testing, which will help to inform regulatory decisions about microbial pesticides.

Microbial pesticides are valuable alternatives to conventional chemical pesticides that are safer for humans and the environment. However, significant challenges exist for non-target organism hazard testing and coupled with a lack of clear guidance toward robust testing methods, these challenges can result in risk assessments with complex uncertainties. Such complexities can lead to delays in bringing innovation to agriculture and the bioeconomy and increased resource costs.

Additionally, there is growing interest in reducing animal testing in relation to pesticide registration. Significant work is underway to research and develop new approach methodologies as alternatives for traditional human health testing with conventional pesticides. However, little work has been done to develop such alternatives for microbial pesticides. Microbial pesticide testing must keep pace with these innovations; otherwise, these products could lose a significant competitive market advantage.

This Collection brings together original research and review articles to outline the issues, identify knowledge gaps, and highlight advances toward improvements in microbial pesticide hazard testing and risk assessment.

The Collection Risk Assessment of Microbial Pesticides also relates and advances research surrounding the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which has been adopted by all United Nations Member States. Specific SDGs for this Collection include: 2 – Zero Hunger, 3 – Good Health and Well-being, 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production, 13 – Climate Action, 14 – Life Below Water, 15 – Life on Land.

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original research articles and review articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Risk Assessment of Microbial Pesticides " from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.