Agriculture Application of Pseudomonas: A View on the Relative Antagonistic Potential Against Pests and Diseases

  • K. Sankari Meena
  • M. Annamalai
  • S. R. Prabhukarthikeyan
  • U. Keerthana
  • M. K. Yadav
  • P. C. Rath
  • M. Jena
  • P. Prajna


Agriculture is an important factor for improving economy of the country. Productivity of the crop is drastically reduced due to the incidence of biotic factors such as pests, diseases and nematodes as their infestation causes huge economic loss to the farmers. Biocontrol agents are excellent candidates for the reduction of biotic stresses and effective alternative to the chemicals as chemicals cause a huge menace to the environment. Among biocontrol agents, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) is important group of root-colonizing bacteria which help in the promotion of plant growth in addition to the suppression of pests and diseases. Pseudomonas is an important candidate belonging to PGPR which is a gram-negative and rod-shaped bacteria. Efficacy of various strains of these bacteria in enhancing the plant growth and suppression of pest and diseases were well proved. This chapter deals with the pioneering and recent works of Pseudomonas in the management of pests, diseases and nematodes. This review will help in the research work that involves Pseudomonas as a potential bioagent in the management of pests, diseases and nematodes.


Pseudomonas spp. Insect pests Diseases Nematodes Biomanagement 



The authors are thankful to the Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack, Odisha, for providing the necessary facilities to write this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Sankari Meena
    • 1
  • M. Annamalai
    • 1
  • S. R. Prabhukarthikeyan
    • 1
  • U. Keerthana
    • 1
  • M. K. Yadav
    • 1
  • P. C. Rath
    • 1
  • M. Jena
    • 1
  • P. Prajna
    • 1
  1. 1.ICAR National Rice Research InstituteCuttackIndia

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