Phytophthora: A Member of the Sixth Kingdom Revisited as a Threat to Food Security in the Twenty-First Century

  • S. Guha Roy


This genus Phytophthora has a long history in modern science. The re-emergence of Phytophthora spp. causing damages in almost all ecological niches along with advancement in molecular technologies and discovery of new species has led to a renewed interest in Phytophthora spp. All of which has led to significant changes in the way the taxonomy of Phytophthora is now being studied. The genus Phytophthora infects an array of spices and plantation crops, and this scenario vis-à-vis Phytophthora spp. has been discussed here with special reference to black pepper, onion, garlic, leek, chilli, cocoa, coconut and rubber. Possible approaches for management of these diseases using databases derived from population characterisation through a correlation of their phenotypic and genotypic diversity have been discussed. Molecular tools that can be used for the production of such databases have also been discussed.


Pathogen Population Black Pepper Stem Canker Black Stripe Green Onion 
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