Biological Control of Crop Diseases

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Samuel S. Gnanamanickam
CRC Press, Apr 3, 2002 - Science - 480 pages
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With contributions from more than 30 internationally renowned experts, this book combines coverage of theory with coverage of global practices. Highlighting the day-to-day challenges of organic crop management for cost-effective real-world application, the book explores the biological control of diseases in 12 major crops. It focuses on the use of host plant resistance through transgenics and induced systemic resistance as a part of biological control. Topics covered include the role of biocontrol agents for signalling resistance, effective ecofriendly alternative to combat bacterial, fungal, and viral infestation, and transgenic crops in disease management.

 

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Contents

Principles of Biological Control
1
Biological Control of Rice Diseases
11
Transgenic Plants for the Management of Plant Diseases Rice a Case Study
33
Biological Control of Wheat Diseases
65
Biological Control of Cotton Diseases
87
Biological Control of Tobacco Diseases
111
Biological Control of Peanut Diseases
131
Biological Control of Sugarcane Diseases
161
Biological Disease Control in the Production of Apple
263
Biological Control of Postharvest Diseases of Citrus Fruits
289
Biological Control of Turfgrass Diseases
313
Implementation of Biological Control of Plant Diseases in Integrated PestManagement Systems
339
Biocontrol Agents in Signaling Resistance
355
Comprehensive Testing of Biocontrol Agents
387
Formulation of Biological Control Agents for Pest and Disease Management
421
Future Trends in Biocontrol
443

Biological Control of Potato Pathogens
179
Biological Control of Soybean Diseases
191
Biological Control of Tomato Diseases
225

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The Editor, Sam Gnanamanickam, is a plant pathologist and a rice biotechnologist. He obtained his Ph.D degree in plant pathology from the University of Hawaii in 1976. On his return to India he took up a lecturer's position in plant pathology at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany of the University of Madras, India in 1978 and has moved up as Reader and Professor in the same Department. He has had postdoctoral training at Agriculture Canada (1980-82) and was a Visiting Scientist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Philippines during 1987-89. He was associated with the International Rice Biotechnology net-work program supported by the Rockefeller Foundation for 10 years (1990-2000) which helped him to develop collaborative research with several advanced laboratories on molecular breeding of rice and biological control of rice diseases. He was accepted as an Adjunct Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Arizona in 2004 and was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi in 2005. His earlier book on Biological Control of Crop Diseases was published by Marcel Dekker, NY, 2002.

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