The control of diseases in crops is still largely dominated by the use of fungicides, but with the increase in the incidence of resistance by plant diseases to fungicides, plus mounting concern for the environmental over excessive agrochemical use, the search for alternative reliable methods of disease control is gaining momentum.
The purpose of this important book is to examine the development and exploitation (or potential for exploitation) for a range of non-chemical approaches to disease control, with a focus on the need for a greater understanding of crop ecology as the basis for effective disease control in the field. Chapters in the book, written by international experts in the subject area, include coverage of cultural practices, biological control methods, induced resistance, the use of composts and compost extracts, host-plant resistance, the exploitation of tolerance, the use of variety mixtures, biofumigation, solarisation, sulfur-induced resistance, the use of essential oils, the disguising of leaf surfaces, and the use of bacteriophages.
Carefully edited by Professor Dale Walters, widely respected for his work in the area of crop protection, "Disease Control in Crops" is an essential reference book for plant pathologists, microbiologists, plant and agricultural scientists and crop protection specialists, including those working within, and providing consultancy to, the agrochemical industries. Libraries in all universities and research establishments where biological sciences and agriculture are studied and taught should have copies of this timely publication on their shelves.
Here, Walters, a crop protection specialist, offers readers a remarkable series of papers discussing greatly improved control methods. (CHOICE, October 2009)
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