Biological options for crop health (Nutrition, pest and disease) management-sanguine to sustainable agriculture

Gopalakrishnan, S and Ranga Rao, G V and Humayun, P and Alekhya, G and Vidya, M S and Simi, J and Srinivas, V and Ratna Kumari, B and Vijayabharathi, R and Seema, M and Singh, A and Rupela, O P (2014) Biological options for crop health (Nutrition, pest and disease) management-sanguine to sustainable agriculture. In: Trends in Soil Microbial Ecology. Studium Press LLC, New Delhi, pp. 321-336. ISBN 1-626990-36-0

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Interest in biological control of plant insect pests and pathogens has been stimulated in recent years by trends in agriculture towards greater sustainability and public concern about the use of hazardous pesticides. Microorganisms have the capability to synthesize many different biologically active secondary metabolites such as antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides, antiparasitic and enzymes like cellulase, chitinase and xylanase. Microbial collection at ICRISAT, Patancheru, India has over 2000 accessions of bacteria and actinomycetes isolated from various sources and/or niches of composts, rhizosphere and rhizoplane soil samples of sorghum and rice. These accessions possess at least one of six agriculturally beneficial traits studied viz. phosphate solublization, siderophore production, cellulose degradation, nitrogen fixation, antagonism to disease causing fungi and fluorescent Pseudomonas. In addition to that ICRISAT has also identified 28 entomopathogenic bacteria and actinomycetes capable of managing the most

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: RP-Grain Legumes
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Plant growth, Microorganisms, Soil health, Sustainable agriculture
Subjects: Others > Plant Pathology
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2014 08:20
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2014 08:20
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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