Biological Control of Plant Pathogens: From Field to Fork
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2024) | Viewed by 2729
Interests: plant resistance induction; biostimulants; biological control agents
Horticulture crops offer numerous benefits to individuals, communities, and the environment. Among them, nutritional values, economic importance, and contribution to biodiversity are to be highlighted. However, horticulture production is threatened by emerging and increasingly severe losses due to pathogens. The assurance of effective plant protection cannot occur without ignoring the safety aspects of the methods used and their environmental impact.
The desire to reach sustainability and environmental protection goals has stimulated the search for new and effective methods, employing novel active ingredients of natural origin that satisfy legal requirements, environmental issues, and societal expectations. Thus, an environmentally friendly and economically viable alternative to conventional methods in the form of biological control has gained considerable attention.
The Special Issue focuses on the diverse and dynamic field of biological control in plant pathology, spanning from the initial stages in the field to the ultimate goal of ensuring food safety from Field to Fork. The transition from the field to the food supply chain requires studies on the impact of biological control on crop yield, post-harvest disease management, and the overall quality and safety of agricultural products. Additionally, the safety and perception of biocontrol agents by consumers and regulatory measures for their implementation are to be discussed to ensure their acceptance and successful integration into modern agricultural practices.
This Special Issue welcomes studies concerning research from multidisciplinary experts, offering a comprehensive exploration of recent advances and future prospects in biological control strategies against plant pathogens.
Dr. Rafał Kukawka
Dr. Henryk Pospieszny
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- biological control
- plant pathogens
- horticultural plants
- food security
- post-harvest disease management