By Greg Boland, Liana Bolis

Discusses the severe function of host-pathogen interactions in constructing new and replacement biocontrol brokers that advertise plant healthiness and ailment resistance in crop pathosystems. Describes cutting-edge in addition to destiny applied sciences resulting in more advantageous organic keep an eye on courses.

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The functional significance of the microbial biomass in organic and conventionally managed soils, Plant Soil 170: 8797. You, M. P. and Sivasithamparam, K. (1995). Changes in microbial populations of an advocado plantation mulch suppressive of Phytophthora cinnamomi, Appl. Soil Ecol. 2: 3343. Page 15 2 Biological Control of Fusarium Wilts Toward Development of Commercial Products Claude Alabouvette Centre de Microbiologie du Sol et de l'Environnement, INRA, Dijon, France Bob Schippers Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands P.

Furthermore, Kloepper et al. (1992) demonstrated that plants antagonistic to root-knot nematodes were colonized by a spectrum of different species of rhizobacteria than host plants. A higher frequency of bacteria from antagonistic plants than from host plants exhibited biological control activity against nematodes. 2. Cultivars The role crop cultivars play in influencing microbial community structure is for the most part unknown. The vast number of studies dealing with cultivar-specific changes in soil microorganisms usually relate to shifts in resistance to a pathogen or nematode.

In general, heterogenetic plantings of crops should stimulate heterogeneous niches in the rhizosphere environment. Theoretically, the increase in genetic diversity of available plant tissue could influence the RSMC in the following manner: Page 10 1. Highly specialized microorganisms would be exposed to greater competition due to limited resources. 2. Less specialized microorganisms could partition themselves among the diverse spectrum of available resources leading to reduced levels of colonization on a single plant.

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