Control of soil-borne pathogens with living bacteria and fungi: Status and outlook

Authors

  • J. Ole Becker,

    1. Department of Nematology, University of California, Riverside, California 92521, USA
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  • Franz J. Schwinn

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    1. Institute of Botany, University of Basle, Hebelstrasse I, CH 4056 Basle, Switzerland
    • Institute of Botany, University of Basle, Hebelstrasse I, CH 4056 Basle, Switzerland
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  • Based on a paper presented at the meeting ‘Biological Control: Use of Living Organisms in the Management of Invertebrate Pests, Pathogens and Weeds’, organised by the SCI Pesticides Group and held at the SCI, 14/15 Belgrave Square. London SWIX 8PS. UK on 19-20 October 1992.

Abstract

This review addresses some of the current problems with soil-borne pathogens and their economic importance in comparison to the total plant protection market- Possible opportunities for biological control solutions in view of the various constraints of western agricultural production are discussed. More specifically, we address the scientific, economic and conceptual hurdles which have slowed down the development of biocontrol agents. In addition, examples of biological control of soil-borne pathogens which have already reached the market or are likely to be exploited commercially within the next few years are presented. Finally, we speculate on certain developments which might become important for the further commercial development of biological control products.

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