Principles of Compost-based Plant Diseases Control and Innovative New Developments

  • Catello PaneEmail author
  • Massimo Zaccardelli
Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 3)


Compost is considered one of the different available sustainable approaches that may be used to prevent, mitigate or to control plant diseases. This is possible through the exploitation of the compost suppressive properties. This chapter aims to address the several aspects of compost suppressivity in order to derive the key principles of this phenomena. In particular, will be elucidate the concepts of compost suppressivity, the mechanisms governing it and the ecological aspects that lead it. Finally, will be reported how compost can be exploited in plant disease management both directly and as suitable source of plant protectants.


Biological control Soil-borne pathogens Disease ecology Plant resistance inducer Suppression mechanisms 



Authors thank the public institutions (European Community, Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies and Campania Region) for supporting their works by financed research programs.


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  1. 1.Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura, Centro di Ricerca per l’OrticolturaPontecagnanoItaly

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