Biological Control of Crop Diseases by Samuel S. Gnanamanickam

Bibliographic Information:
Title: Biological Control of Crop Diseases
Editor: Samuel S. Gnanamanickam
University of Madras–Guindy
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Marcel Dekker, Inc. Now (CRC Press)
Length: 452 pages
Size: 2.46 MB
Language: English

Agriculture has been man’s primary occupation since time immemorial. History
shows that agriculture has shaped and dictated the fate of many civilizations and
that effective disease management has long been a challenge to mankind. Today,
in light of growing concerns about environmental safety, suppression of plant
diseases through biological agents is gaining ground as a supplement to traditional
disease-management strategies. Several groups are actively engaged in research
pertaining to the identification of biocontrol agents against specific plant
pathogens, with special focus on their deployment on a commercial scale.
I was fascinated by the elegant early research that emerged from University
of California–Berkeley and Washington State University. This led to my involvement
in biocontrol research, and today some of my Indian friends in research
circles inform me that I was the first one to introduce Pseudomonas fluorescens
for biocontrol research in India in the early 1980s. The first book on biological
control, Biological Control of Plant Pathogens, by K. F. Baker and R. J. Cook
(published in 1974), and my personal and academic association with Dr. Jim
Cook have been sources of great inspiration for developing this volume.
Many books and edited volumes on biological control have been published
in recent years, most of them addressing the biological control of a particular
nonspecialized pathogen (e.g., Fusarium) that causes diseases in different host
plants. This volume aims at providing a comprehensive update on principles, a
catalogue of the advancements in the application of biocontrol practices for major
crops cultivated around the world, and a glimpse of the challenges involved in
testing, formulating, and applying them within the context of integrated disease
management. It comprehensively presents the agents and methods practiced to
control diseases of major crops, each of which is dealt with in a separate chapter.

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