Special Issue "Advances in Biological Control of Plant Diseases"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Protection, Diseases, Pest and Weeds".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 June 2023 | Viewed by 842

Special Issue Editors

Agricultural Microbiology Department, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation, Puławy, Poland
Interests: microbiology; bioinformatics; biodiversity; sequencing; genotyping; phenotyping; BIOLOG

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The control of diseases and pests in many crops can be a challenge. The development of agents to control plant diseases is an important topic for researchers in agricultural science. The use of chemical plant protectants has many negative effects, both on the environment and on human health. In addition, plant pathogens have developed resistance to some types of pesticides as a result of their excessive use. Therefore, plant cultivators are turning to the development of integrated strategies to control plant diseases. Biological control has become one of the most important developments in this effort. The biological control of plant diseases is mainly based on the use of microorganisms with different functions (e.g., reducing disease incidence, promoting plant growth and development). Current research on these strains concerns not only their effects on plants, but also their in-depth phenotypic and genetic characterization. Classical and modern microbiological methods make it possible to study the phenotypic properties of a given strain and its ability to grow under unfavorable environmental conditions. Analysis of the genome of a bacterial strain makes it possible to determine the strain’s potential ability to fight pathogens, promote plant growth, or degrade harmful substances present in the environment.

This Special Issue focuses on finding ways to reduce the incidence of plant diseases through the use of microorganisms. The articles composing this Special Issue will cover interdisciplinary research, including microbiology and plant pathology. Articles describing metataxonomic research conducted to understand the microbiomes of different environments are also welcome. All types of articles, such as original research and review papers, are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Anna Marzec-Grządziel
Prof. Dr. Anna Gałązka
Guest Editors

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  • pest diseases
  • microbiology
  • PGPR
  • sequencing
  • genotyping
  • phenotyping
  • microarrays

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The Assessment of an Effect of Natural Origin Products on the Initial Growth and Development of Maize under Drought Stress and the Occurrence of Selected Pathogens
Agriculture 2023, 13(4), 815; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture13040815 - 31 Mar 2023
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Poland, like other countries in the world, increasingly experiences the ongoing climate change that is a critical yield-limiting factor. The use of biostimulants in agriculture has shown tremendous potential in combating climate change-induced stresses such as drought, temperature stress, etc. They could be [...] Read more.
Poland, like other countries in the world, increasingly experiences the ongoing climate change that is a critical yield-limiting factor. The use of biostimulants in agriculture has shown tremendous potential in combating climate change-induced stresses such as drought, temperature stress, etc. They could be a promising tool in the current crop production scenario. Biostimulants are organic compounds, microbes, or amalgamation of both that could regulate plant growth behavior through molecular alteration and physiological, biochemical, and anatomical modulations. They can promote plant growth under various environmental stresses because they have a positive effect, in particular, on plant growth and resistance. There are many products of this type available on the market, including those of natural origin, which are part of the Integrated Pest Management. The ecotoxicity of chemical plant protection products, the negative effects of their use, and the change in regulations make it recommended to use low-risk chemicals and non-chemical methods, that involve the least risk to health and the environment, and at the same time ensure effective and efficient protection of crops. Natural origin biocomponents obtained by the supercritical CO2 extraction of plant material or by fermentation process in bioreactors were tested. Common maize (Zea mays L.) was selected as a test plant for growth tests at climate chambers. Results showed that the only supernatant (fermentation broth) obtained with the Paenibacillus bacteria (S2) had a positive effect on the germination index (GI > 100%) of maize seeds, compared to the obtained plant seed extracts from the crop of the legume family (Fabaceae) (E3) and from the crop of the smartweed family (Polygonaceae) (E9) (GI < 100%). The extracts E3, S1 (supernatant obtained with the use of bacteria from the genus Enterobacter) and S2 used as a single product and in combination with UAN+S, under optimal conditions of the experiment, had a positive effect on the maize root weight compared to the untreated, while under drought stress, a decrease in the root weight was observed. Moreover, on the basis of the conducted research, differences in the mycelial growth of selected fungi were found. The applied biocomponent S2 of microbial origin extract (supernatant 2) showed a mycelial growth-limiting effect on all tested Fusarium fungi isolated from the corn cobs. Full article
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