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Bacteriophages

  • P. Parvatha Reddy
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Abstract

Bacteriophage-based control of bacterial plant diseases is a fast developing field of research. A wide range of strategies (prevention of development of phage-resistant mutants, proper selection of efficient phages, timing of phage application, maximising chances for interaction between phage and target bacterium, overcoming adverse factors in phyllosphere on phage persistence, development of solar protectants to increase phase bioefficacy and delivery of phages in the presence of phage-sensitive bacterium) have been utilised to increase control efficacy. Phages are utilised as a component in developing integrated disease management strategies along with SAR inducers, avirulent strains and copper-manc­ozeb. Phage treatment is presently used in greenhouse and fields in Florida, USA, as a part of standard integrated management programme for tomato bacterial spot control (Momol et al., Integrated management of bacterial spot on tomato in Florida. EDIS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Sept 2002, Report no. 110, 2002). Owing to their increasing efficacy and contribution to sustainable agriculture, phage-based products are likely to gain a bigger share in the bactericide market in the future.

Keywords

Fire Blight Ralstonia Solanacearum Xanthomonas Campestris Phage Therapy Avirulent Strain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Parvatha Reddy
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  1. 1.Indian Institute of Horticultural ResearchBangaloreIndia

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