Biological Control of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes: Building Coherence between Microbial Ecology and Molecular Mechanisms by Keith Davies

Bibliographic Information:
Title: Biological Control of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes:
Building Coherence between Microbial Ecology and Molecular Mechanisms
Editor: Keith Davies
Yitzhak Spiegel
Edition: -
Publisher: Springer
Length: 326 pages
Size: 3.95 MB
Language: English

Biological control of pests, weeds, and plant and animal diseases utilising their
natural antagonists is a well-established and rapidly evolving field of science.
Despite its stunning successes world-wide and a steadily growing number of applications,
biological control has remained grossly underexploited. Its untapped
potential, however, represents the best hope to providing lasting, environmentally
sound, and socially acceptable pest management. Such techniques are urgently
needed for the control of an increasing number of problem pests affecting agriculture
and forestry, and to suppress invasive organisms which threaten natural habitats
and global biodiversity.
Based on the positive features of biological control, such as its target specificity
and the lack of negative impacts on humans, it is the prime candidate in the search
for reducing dependency on chemical pesticides. Replacement of chemical control
by biological control – even partially as in many IPM programs – has important
positive but so far neglected socio-economic, humanitarian, environmental and
ethical implications. Change from chemical to biological control substantially contributes
to the conservation of natural resources, and results in a considerable reduction
of environmental pollution. It eliminates human exposure to toxic pesticides,
improves sustainability of production systems, and enhances biodiversity. Public
demand for finding solutions based on biological control is the main driving force
in the increasing utilisation of natural enemies for controlling noxious organisms.
This book series is intended to accelerate these developments through exploring
the progress made within the various aspects of biological control, and via
these advances to the benefit of fellow scientists, students, public
policy-makers, and the public at large. Each of the
books in this series is expected to provide a comprehensive,
authoritative synthesis of the topic, likely to stand the test
of time.

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