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Biological And Integrated Means to Control Rust Diseases

  • Salvatore Moricca
  • Alessandro Ragazzi
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Part of the Integrated Management of Plant Pests and Diseases book series (IMPD, volume 3)

Abstract

This chapter reviews strategies in rust control, with a special emphasis on biological control, in the light of evidence produced in recent years showing that plant disease control is most effective when an integrated management approach is followed. A survey of the fungal antagonists (hyperparasites) most effective against rust pathogens is given. The mode of action of these antagonists is described, and the main problems concerning biological control are discussed, on the basis of the optimal characteristics of an antagonist or biocontrol agent. The value and limitations of other control measures besides biological control (eradication, definition of hazard areas, quarantine, cultural practices, chemical treatments, and plant breeding for disease resistance) are also outlined. A consideration of all control measures suggests that crop protection requires a holistic approach integrating a broad range of control techniques.

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Biological Control Rust Fungus Rust Disease CABI Publishing Host Cell Wall 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvatore Moricca
    • 1
  • Alessandro Ragazzi
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biotecnologie agrarie Sezione di Patologia vegetaleUniversitá di FirenzeItaly

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