Botrytis Gray Mold Nano- or Biocontrol: Present Status and Future Prospects

  • Esraa Gabal
  • Amal-Asran
  • Mohamed A. Mohamed
  • Kamel A. Abd-Elsalam
Part of the Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences book series (NALIS)


Botrytis cinerea, the causal agent of grey mold disease, has a large number of hosts including dicotyledonous species as grapevine, strawberry, tomato, cucumber, and ornamental flowers. Much research has been conducted to fulfill the inevitable need for developing alternatives to the synthetic fungicides possessing antimicrobial activity and without any potential hazards to the environment. Nanotechnology has recently gained the interest regarding its potentiality to replace the use of fungicides through developing nano-based materials that can be effective against plant diseases and without any significant hazards. In this chapter, we spot the light on common approaches and tools used to control the grey mold disease, along with the recorded data regarding their affectivity and possible hazards. Moreover, we draw the present interest regarding developing more advanced solutions and their future prospects.


Biofungicides Biological control Botrytis cinerea Grey mold Induced resistance Nanofungicides 



This research was supported by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF), Joint Egypt (STDF)-South Africa (NRF) Scientific Cooperation, Grant ID. 27837 to Kamel Abd-Elsalam.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esraa Gabal
    • 1
  • Amal-Asran
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mohamed A. Mohamed
    • 2
  • Kamel A. Abd-Elsalam
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Agricultural Science and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, Faculty of Agriculture, Bonn UniversityBonnGermany
  2. 2.Plant Pathology Research Institute, Agricultural Research Center (ARC)GizaEgypt
  3. 3.Unit of Excellence in Nano-Molecular Plant Pathology Research Center – Plant Pathology Research InstituteGizaEgypt

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