Special Issue "Biological Control Strategies for Fungal Plant Pathogens"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Protection, Diseases, Pest and Weeds".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francesco Lops
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Department Science of Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE), University of Foggia, 71122 Foggia, Italy
Interests: defense of mediterranean fruit trees: integrated control in the fight against pathogenic fungi; study and application of innovative products in the protection of crops from parasitic adversities; reports and observations of new phytopathogenic agents; epidemiological investigations and tests of struggle on some olive pathogens; interaction studies host-pathogen interaction
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Dr. Antonia Carlucci
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Department of Sciences of Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE), University of Foggia, 71122 Foggia, Italy
Interests: mycologia; fungal genetics; fungal taxonomy; plant pathology; wood pathogens; horticultural pathogens; fungal biodiversity; antagonistic microrganisms; crop protection
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Plant pathogens cause severe losses and damage to crops around the world, and thus significantly reduce the quality and quantity of agricultural products. Furthermore, in countries where the pedoclimatic conditions make the management of diseases extremely difficult with the use of preventive measures alone, it is necessary to identify new strategies, in order to be able to support organic farmers in the management of fungal plant diseases. The phytosanitary defense in organic agriculture represents one of the most delicate elements, also considering that the technical means available are relatively few and do not guarantee the same effectiveness as the chemical products normally used in conventional agriculture.

The biological control approaches for plant diseases include the reduction of the amount or effect of pathogens through different mechanisms of action, such as: competition (for space; for C, N, or mineral sources), antibiosis (antibiotics, volatile compounds (ammonia, cyanide, alcohols, esters, ketones, etc.), enzymes), hyperparasitism, cross protection, resistance induction, and growth improvement. With the objective of a more effective control of diseases, it is agreed that improving the performance of selected antagonists is a main goal.

The natural enemy of the target pathogen is also known as a biological control agent (BCA). BCAs cause no harm to the environment, and new legislative registrations to restrict the use of existing commercial chemical pesticides are an incentive for the development and registration of new biopesticides. The fields of application are vast, from strictly agricultural environments to forest-ornamental ones, up to protected ones (greenhouses, tunnels) where, due to the very conformation of the environment, the best results are obtained.

Dr. Francesco Lops
Dr. Antonia Carlucci
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biocontrol agents
  • disease control
  • fungicides
  • plant diseases
  • plant pathogens
  • disease management
  • microorganisms
  • biological control
  • pathogenic fungi

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