Plant Pathogens (Fungi): Biological Control

Authored by: Timothy Paulitz

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

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

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-100000642

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Abstract

In the classical definition of biological control, certain fungi, termed biocontrol agents (BCAs), can reduce the amount of inoculum or disease-producing activity of a plant pathogen, usually another fungus. This entry covers mechanisms of how these fungi antagonize the pathogen, what part of the pathogen life cycle can be targeted, how the BCAs can be applied, and examples of commercially available products.

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