Biological Control of Plant Pathogens and Diseases - Allelochemicals, Volume 2 by Nderjit and K.G. Mukerji

Bibliographic Information:
Title: Biological Control of Plant Pathogens and Diseases - Allelochemicals
Editor: Nderjit and
K.G. Mukerji
Edition: 2nd, Illustrated
Publisher: Springer
Length: 216 pages
Size: 1.23 MB
Language: English

Biological control of plant diseases and plant pathogens is of great significance in forestry and agriculture. There is great incentive to discover biologically active natural products from higher plants that are better than synthetic agrochemicals and are much safer, from health and environmental considerations. The development of natural products as herbicides, fungicides, and their role in biological control of plant disease promises to reduce environmental and health hazards. Allelopathic techniques offer real promise in solving several problems linked with biological control of plant pests.

The allelopathic effect of plants on microorganisms, and microorganisms on microorganisms is of great environmental and economic significance. This book is organized around the premise that allelochemicals can be employed for biological control of plant pathogens and plant diseases. Specifically, this volume focuses on (i) discovery and development of natural product based fungicides for agriculture, (ii) direct use of allelochemicals as well as indirect effects through cover crops and organic amendments for plant parasitic pest control and (iii) application of allelopathy in the pest management.

In an effort to address above points, contributing authors provided up-to-date reviews and discussion on allelochemicals-related biological control of plant diseases and pathogens. Chapters 1 - 3 discuss discovery and development of allelochmicals and their role in the management of plant diseases. Chapter 4 discusses the effects of pathogens on the competitiveness and allelopathic ability of their hosts. Chapter 5 highlights the importance of allelopathy for weed control in aquatic ecosystems. Chapters 6-7 deal with bacterial potential in weed management and plant disease control. Chapter 8 describes the role of organic compound ginsenosides from rhizosphere soil and root exudates of american ginseng plant in control of fungal diseases. Antimicrobial and nematicidal substances from the rhizome of chicory has been discussed in Chapter 9. The role of allelochemicals induced in mycorrhizal plants in imparting disease resistance is given in Chapter 10. The last chapter discusses the biocontrol of plant pathogens and diseases by allelochmicals from Ageratum conyzoides a weed and rice plants has been highlighted in Chapter 11.

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