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Biological Control of Plant Pathogens: A Global Perspective

Rachid Lahlali
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Said Ezrari
Nabil Radouane
Jihane Kenfaoui
Hajar El Hamss
Zineb Belabess
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The increase in the world population has generated an important need for both quality and quantity agricultural products, which has led to a significant surge in the use of chemical pesticides to fight crop diseases. Consumers, however, have become very concerned in recent years over the side effects of chemical fungicides on human health and the environment. As a result, research into alternative solutions to protect crops has been imposed and attracted wide attention from researchers worldwide. Among these alternatives, biological controls through beneficial microorganisms have gained considerable importance, whilst several biological control agents (BCAs) have been screened, among them Bacillus, Pantoea, Streptomyces, Trichoderma, Clonostachys, Pseudomonas, Burkholderia, and certain yeasts. At present, biopesticide products have been developed and marketed either to fight leaf diseases, root diseases, or fruit storage diseases. However, no positive correlation has been observed between the number of screened BCAs and available marketed products. Therefore, this review emphasizes the development of biofungicides products from screening to marketing and the problems that hinder their development. Finally, particular attention was given to the gaps observed in this sector and factors that hamper its development, particularly in terms of efficacy and legislation procedures.
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Rachid Lahlali, Said Ezrari, Nabil Radouane, Jihane Kenfaoui, Qassim Esmaeel, et al.. Biological Control of Plant Pathogens: A Global Perspective. Microorganisms, 2022, 10 (3), pp.596. ⟨10.3390/microorganisms10030596⟩. ⟨hal-03920699⟩


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