Agricultural Crops Book from C.H.I.P.S.

Disease Control in Crops
Biological and Environmentally-Friendly Approaches
edited by Dale Walters

The purpose of Disease Control in Crops is to examine the development and exploitation (or potential for exploitation) of a range of non-chemical approaches to disease control, with a focus on the need for a greater understanding of crop ecology as the basis for effective disease control in the field.

Chapters include coverage of:

  • biological control methods
  • host-plant resistance
  • the exploitation of tolerance
  • and the use of bacteriophages
Disease Control in Crops is an essential reference book for plant pathologists, microbiologists, plant and agricultural scientists and crop protection specialists, including those working within, and providing consultancy to, the agrochemical industries.


1. Managing crop disease through cultural practices

  • Reducing the amount of pathogen inoculum
  • Reducing pathogen spread within the crop
  • Soil amendments and mulching
  • Suppressive soils
  • Intercropping

2. Biological control agents in plant disease control

  • Modes of action
  • Production, formulation and application
  • Commercial products available and uses
  • Factors affecting variable efficacy and constraints on commercial developments
  • Future research directions and conclusions

3. Induced resistance for plant disease control

  • Induced resistance in practice
  • Costs associated with induced resistance
  • Trade-offs associated with induced resistance

4. The use of composts and compost extracts in plant disease control

  • Definitions of composts, composting, compost extracts and compost teas
  • Production of composts and compost extracts/teas
  • History of the use of composts and compost extracts in crop production
  • Current use of composts and compost extracts/teas in crop production
  • Crop and soil health
  • Effects of composts on plant disease
  • Effects of compost extracts/teas on plant disease
  • Mechanisms involved in the suppression/control of plant disease using composts and compost extracts/teas

5. The use of host plant resistance in disease control

  • Introduction and benefits of resistance
  • Types of resistance
  • Sources of resistance
  • Breeding methodology and selection strategies for inbreeding crops
  • Deployment of resistance

6. Crop tolerance of foliar pathogens: possible mechanisms and potential for exploitation

  • Concepts and definitions – a historical perspective
  • Yield formation
  • How can tolerance be quantified?
  • Potential crop traits conferring tolerance
  • Is there a physiological or ecological cost to tolerance?
  • Role of modelling
  • Strategy for improving tolerance

7. Plant disease control through the use of variety mixtures

  • Trial demonstrations of mixtures
  • Mixtures used in practice

8. Biofumigation for plant disease control – from the fundamentals to the farming system

  • The glucosinolate–myrosinase system
  • Modes of utilization
  • Separating GSL-related suppression from other effects of biofumigants
  • Maximizing biofumigation potential
  • Release efficiency, fate and activity of hydrolysis products in soil
  • Ecological considerations
  • Field implementation

9. Control of plant disease through soil solarization

  • Principles of soil solarization
  • Pathogen and weed control
  • Mechanisms of control and plant-growth improvement
  • Integrated management
  • Modelling of soil solarization and decision-making tools
  • Improvements by intensifying soil heating
  • Implementation and application
  • Special uses of solarization
  • Solarization and the MB crisis

10. Plant disease control by nutrient management: sulphur

  • Sulphur-induced resistance – agronomic, physiological and molecular aspects
  • Perspectives in research

11. Control of plant disease by disguising the leaf surface

  • Controlling disease using film-forming polymers
  • Particle films as agents for control of plant diseases
  • Disrupting spore adhesion to the leaf surface

12. Bacteriophages as agents for the control of plant pathogenic bacteria

  • Disease control for bacterial diseases
  • Biological control
  • Early use of bacteriophages in agriculture
  • Recent approaches for using phages in plant pathology
  • Challenges in using phages for disease control
  • Phages as part of an integrated management strategy

13. Controlling plant disease using biological and environmentally friendly approaches: making it work in practice

  • How might biologically based disease control be used in crop protection practice?
  • Biologically based disease control: barriers to implementation


click here to see books of related interest


Disease Control in Crops
Biological and Environmentally-Friendly Approaches
edited by Dale Walters

2009 • 266 pages • $187.95 + shipping
Texas residents please add 6.75 % sales tax

Go to Top of Page

copyright © 1997-2010 Culinary and Hospitality Industry Publications Services