Biological Management of Diseases of Crops
Biological management of diseases of crops is influenced by the nature of interactions between the pathogens and other organisms and the plants. Due to development of resistance in pathogens to fungicides and bactericides, determination of compatibility of biotic biocontrol agents with chemicals is essential for selecting strains of biocontrol agents (BCAs) showing resistance to chemicals to effectively restrict use of the chemicals. Microbial plant pathogens and the antagonists present in the soil and on the plant surfaces are influenced by various cultural practices. It is possible to reduce disease incidence and intensity by crop sanitation and using appropriate rotational crops. Application of physical techniques involving the use of heat, solarization and irradiation has potential to reduce the pathogen population or weaken the potential of pathogens present in the seed, planting materials and soil.
Discussion on the biological activities of both biotic and abiotic bioagents under natural field conditions is presented with several illustrations only in this book, providing a significant benefit and opportunity to the audience to have complete information from a single sourceInformation on the biological management of postharvest diseases, weeds and vectors of diseases that form additional sources of inoculum and various procedures followed for formulation and commercialization of bioproducts is included in this book to provide additional advantage to the audiencePresentation of case studies of integrating different biological control strategies compatible with crop production systems for the effective management of diseases caused by microbial pathogens is yet another attempt to make the book to be more useful to the readers who cannot find this aspect in any other book