Biological Disease Management Systems for Horticultural Crops

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Part of the Progress in Biological Control book series (PIBC, volume 16)

Abstract

Vegetable and fruit crops are high value crops and generally greater attention is paid to protect them against diseases caused by microbial pathogens at all stages crop growth and after harvest during storage also. Cultural practices, especially plant and fruit sanitation, are important to avoid infection. Prevention of wounds to the vegetables and fruits during harvesting, transit and storage is a basic requirement to reduce disease incidence. Biological disease management systems have to be developed based on the information on pathogen biology, epidemiology, cultivar resistance and availability of biotic and abiotic biocontrol agents that can be integrated with the existing production practices. Number of chemicals and frequency of their application are generally more than optimum. The chances of inducing resistance in the pathogens have to be lessened by restricting the chemical use. The biocontrol organisms compatible with chemicals, when applied in combination, can enhance the effectiveness of disease control, leading to reduction in the use of synthetic fungicides. Attempts to develop integrated systems of disease management have been fewer thus far. The systems of management of diseases of major vegetable and fruit crops for which information is available, are highlighted.

Keywords

Powdery Mildew Wilt Disease Citrus Tristeza Virus Area Under Disease Progress Curve Methyl Bromide 
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