Special Issue "Biological and Integrated Control of Plant Pathogens"

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: 5 February 2024 | Viewed by 58

Special Issue Editors

Sustainable Plant Protection Area, IFAPA Las Torres Centre, Instituto Andaluz de Investigación y Formación Agraria, Pesquera, Alimentaria y de la Producción Ecológica (IFAPA), Ctra. Sevilla-Cazalla Km. 12.2, 41200 Alcalá del Río, Sevilla, Spain
Interests: fungal plant pathogens; soil borne diseases; fungal trunk diseases; chemical control; biological control; Trichoderma; integrated control; circular bioeconomy; bioactive compounds; fungal characteriza
Department of Food and Agriculture, Universidad de La Rioja, 26006 Logroño, Spain
Interests: biocontrol; integrated control; horticulture; medicinal plants; biotechnology; endophytes; crop production
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of synthetic chemistry products has become the main tool in the management of diseases caused by pathogens in most crops. Furthermore, these kinds of substances may have adverse effects on human, animal and environment health. This has all resulted in remarkable changes within the legislation of many countries and lead to the reduction in the approved active substances available to face plant diseases. On the other hand, the abuse/misuse of chemical products can result in new phytopathogen resistance outbreaks. In the last decade, this has caused the increased awareness of consumers, leading to the growing demand for commercial products free of chemicals.

Against this background, a new crop protection model is needed. The scientific community has focused its efforts on the development of new strategies to face these pathogens, highlighting biological control, characterized mainly by the use of microorganisms against pathogens and integrated control management, which includes the combined use of all the strategies and technologies out of our reach (such as cultural and biological methods, natural substances, tolerant/resistant plants, etc.), with the goal of reducing the use of chemicals and improve the control effectiveness.

This Special Issue welcomes all types of articles, such as original research, reviews and even opinion papers focused on all these strategies, which aim to improve the plant pathogen control in agriculture in the context of biological and integrated control.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. David Ruano-Rosa
Dr. Óscar González-López
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable agriculture
  • microorganisms
  • biocontrol agents
  • resistance to plant pathogens
  • cultural methods
  • natural substances
  • integrated control
  • biological control
  • physical control

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