Future Alternatives to Synthetic Fungicides for the Control of Postharvest Diseases

  • Charles L. Wilson
  • Michael E. Wisniewski
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 230)


Biological control practices have had a difficult time making it from the laboratory to the field. Having been developed and tested in controlled environments in the laboratory or greenhouse, most biological agents do not perform well when subjected to the “uncontrolled” environment of the field. Recent success with biological control in the postharvest milieu has been attributed to better environmental control (Wilson and Wisniewski, 1989). Post harvest conditions also make it easier to apply biocontrol agents effectively as commodities are being processed. The higher value of harvested commodities makes it economically feasible to utilize biological methods wich would be cost prohibitive in the field. New technologies and concepts will be explored in this paper which may lead to a new generation of control practices and reduce our dependency on synthetic fungicides.


Biological Control Botrytis Cinerea Garlic Extract Postharvest Disease Ethyl Benzoate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles L. Wilson
    • 1
  • Michael E. Wisniewski
    • 1
  1. 1.Appalachian Fruit Research Laboratory Agricultural Research ServiceU.S. Department of AgricultureKearneysvilleUSA

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