Plant Defence: Biological Control

  • Jean Michel Mérillon
  • Kishan Gopal Ramawat

Part of the Progress in Biological Control book series (PIBC, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. General Biology of Parasitism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Applications of Biological and Natural Agents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Katia Gindro, Virginia Alonso-Villaverde, Olivier Viret, Jean-Laurent Spring, Guillaume Marti, Jean-Luc Wolfender et al.
      Pages 25-54
    3. Mohammad Reza Moosavi, Rasoul Zare
      Pages 67-107
    4. Shaily Goyal, C. Lambert, S. Cluzet, J. M. Mérillon, Kishan G. Ramawat
      Pages 109-138
    5. N. C. Aery
      Pages 241-269
  4. Host Parasite Interaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Rosy Mary dos Santos Isaias, Denis Coelho de Oliveira
      Pages 273-290
    3. Matthias Erb
      Pages 291-309
  5. Mechanism and Signal Transduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Marielle Adrian, Sophie Trouvelot, Magdalena Gamm, Benoît Poinssot, Marie-Claire Héloir, Xavier Daire
      Pages 313-331
    3. Michelle F. S. Pinto, Isabel C. M. Fensterseifer, Octavio L. Franco
      Pages 333-344
    4. Ting Yuan, Shiping Wang
      Pages 363-378
    5. J. Sudisha, R. G. Sharathchandra, K. N. Amruthesh, Arun Kumar, H. Shekar Shetty
      Pages 379-403
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 405-412

About this book


With ever increasing human population, demand for food, feed and fodder is continuously increasing. Diseases by insect pests, pathogens and animal pests are responsible for heavy crop losses and reduced food supplies, poorer quality of agricultural products, economic hardship for growers and processor. For many diseases, traditional chemical control methods are not neither always economical nor are they effective and may have unwanted health, safety and environmental risks. Biological control involves use of beneficial microorganism, such as specialised fungi and bacteria to attack and control plant pathogens and diseases they cause. Biological control offers an environmental friendly approach to the management of plant diseases and can be incorporated in to cultural and physical controls and limited chemical uses for an effective integrated pest management system. There is a renewed interest in the use of efficient, economical and environment friendly botanicals and biological control agents for crop protection. This book provides a comprehensive account of interaction of host with its pathogens, induced resistance, development of biological control agents for practical applications in crops and trees, the underlying mechanism and signal transduction. The book has following sections:


  • General biology of parasitism
  • Applications of biological and natural agents for disease resistance
  • Host parasite interaction
  • Mechanism of defence


The book is useful for undergraduates, post graduates and scientists studying crop protection, agricultural sciences, applied entomology, plant pathology, plant sciences, biotechnology, forestry, post harvest technology, crop management and environmental sciences as well as agrochemical and crop protection industries.




Biological control Biopesticides Disease control Plant Pathology Plant defence

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Michel Mérillon
    • 1
  • Kishan Gopal Ramawat
    • 2
  1. 1., Gr. d'Etude Subst. Vég. à Act. Biolog.Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et duVillenave d'OrnonFrance
  2. 2., Botany, University College of ScienceM.L. Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia

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