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About this book
About this book
Microbes, including fungi, are always adapting to different environmental conditions and phytopathologists are continually faced with the management of new diseases and the resurgence of old ones. Amidst growing concerns about the environment and food security, the development of management strategies that minimize crop losses and promote sustainable agriculture is increasingly more important.
This book presents a review of research into pathogenic fungi in a diverse selection of economically important crops, including fruits and cereals. The establishment and management of fungal plant disease using conventional and ecofriendly methods is discussed with an emphasis on the use of microorganisms and biotechnology. Chapters also examine the role of microbes in growth promotion, bioprotectors and bioremediators and presents practical strategies for using microbes as well as botanicals in sustainable agriculture.
Part One: Botanicals in Fungal Pest Management; 1. Recent advances in management of fungal pathogens of fruit crops; 2. Botanicals in agricultural pest management; 3. Deleterious effects of fungi on post-harvest crops and their management strategies; 4. Exploitation of botanicals in the management of phytopathogenic and storage fungi; 5. Use of plant extracts as natural fungicides in the management of seed borne diseases; Part Two: Disease Control through Resistance; 6. Resistance to Septoria leaf blotch in wheat; 7. Barley and wheat resistance genes for Fusarium head blight; 8. Sustainable management of rice blast [Magnaporthe grisea (Hebert) Barr]: 50 years of research progress in molecular biology; Part Three: Biological Control Mechanisms; 9. Post-harvest technology- yeast as bio-control agents: Progress, problems and prospects; 10. Biological control of plant diseases: An overview and the Trichoderma system as bio-control agent; 11. Physiological specialization of Ustilaginales (smut) of Geheros Bromus, Zea and Triticum in Argentina.; Part Four: Endophytes in Plant Disease Control; 12. Status and progress of research in endophytes from agricultural crops in Argentina; 13. Effect of tillage systems on the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) propagule bank in soils; 14. Mechanism of action in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbionts to control diseases caused by various fungal pathogens; 15. Role of fungal endophytes in plant protection; Part Five: Managing Fungal Pathogens causing Leaf damage; 16. The rust fungi: Systematics, diseases and their management; 17. Etiology, epidemiology and management of fungal diseases of sugarcane; 18. New and emerging fungal pathogens associated with leaf blight symptoms on wheat (Triticum aestivum) in Argentina.; 19. A review of the fungal diseases of the annual legume crop of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.); 20. Fungal diseases of oilseed crops and their management; 21. Occurrence of Pyrenophora tritici- repentis causing tan spot in Argentina.; 22. Epidemiological studies on Septoria leaf blotch of wheat in Argentina; Part Six: Alternative Control Strategies; 23. Review of Thecaphora amaranthicola M. Piepenbr causal agent of Smut on Amaranthus mantegazzianus Pass.; 24. Population biology and management Strategies of Phytophthora sojae causing Phytophthora root and stem rots of Soybean; 25. Management of fungal pathogens - a pre requisite for maintenance of seed quality during storage; 26. Controlling root and butt rot diseases in alpine European forests; 27. Some important fungal diseases and their impact on wheat production.