Plant Pathogens (Fungi): Biological Control

Authored by: Timothy Paulitz

Managing Biological and Ecological Systems

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138342644
eBook ISBN: 9780429346170
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In the classical definition of biological control, certain fungi, termed biocontrol agents (BCAs), can reduce the amount of inoculum or disease-producing activity of a plant pathogen, usually another fungus. This entry covers mechanisms of how these fungi antagonize the pathogen, what part of the pathogen life cycle can be targeted, how the BCAs can be applied, and examples of commercially available products.

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