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Recent studies on biological control of plant diseases in Japan

Abstract

Microorganisms play an enormously important role in plant disease control. Research on biological control of plant pathogens has received major impetus and attracted many researchers during the past few decades due to the increased public concern on hazards associated with the use of synthetic pesticides. From research on utilizing specific antagonistic microorganisms, many effective biological control agents (BCAs) have been found and are increasingly implemented in integrated pest management strategies to control plant diseases. Here current research results on biological control against plant diseases carried out in Japan are reviewed by focusing on major categories of BCAs: fungi, bacteria and actinomycetes and attenuated viruses.

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This work was supported by the Program for Promotion of Basic and Applied Researches in Bio-oriented Industry (BRAIN), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology of Japan (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), No. 24580065) to MN and (Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research, No. 24658044) to KK.

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Hyakumachi, M., Takahashi, H., Matsubara, Y. et al. Recent studies on biological control of plant diseases in Japan. J Gen Plant Pathol 80, 287–302 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10327-014-0524-4

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Keywords

  • Attenuated viruses
  • Beneficial actinomycetes
  • Beneficial bacteria
  • Beneficial fungi
  • Biological control agents (BCAs)
  • Mode of action