Biopesticides can help protect crops and offer a more sustainable means
of pest protection to offset the withdrawal of synthetic products, as well
as offering the potential of a new hi-tech industry. Before Professor
Grant's research there were insufficient regulatory mechanisms to
authorise biopesticide products. He worked closely with government bodies
such as the UK Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD), industry, growers and
retailers to identify and address this problem. The main impact of Grant's
research was the design and implementation of principles for a new
regulatory system for biopesticides in the UK and EU. A Biopesticides
Scheme was introduced in 2006 that increased the registration rate of
biological products and retailer awareness. Grant also contributed to the
REBECA (Regulation of Biological Control Agents) policy action, which
informed and shaped EU debate and legislation that was revised in 2009.
University of Glasgow researchers have played a pivotal role in enhancing
awareness and understanding of cosmology, relativity and
gravitational-wave astronomy on the national and international stage.