Plant Pathogens (Viruses): Biological Control

Authored by: Hei-Ti Hsu

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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Prevention of virus and viroid infections in plants is based on biological means rather than chemical measures. In principle, there are no chemicals available for controlling plant diseases caused by viruses and viroids. The most feasible approaches for combating viruses and viroids are the elimination of source inoculum, prevention of secondary spread, cross protection, and use of crops bearing resistance traits.

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