Biotechnology and Plant Disease Management

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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As agricultural production increases to meet the demands of a growing world population, so has the pace of biotechnology research to combat plant disease. Diseases can be caused by a variety of complex plant pathogens including fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes, and their management requires the use of techniques in transgenic technology, biochemistry and genetics. While texts exist on specific pathogens or management practices, a comprehensive review is needed of recent developments in modern techniques and the understanding of how pathogens cause disease. This collection of studies discusses the key approaches to managing each group of pathogens within the context of recent developments in biotechnology. Broad themes include microbe-plant interactions, molecular diagnostics of plant pathogens and enhancing the resistance of plants.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. ix
Unraveling microbe-plant interactions for applications to disease management
Signal Transduction Pathways and Disease Resistant Genes and Their Applications to Fungal Disease Controlp. 1
Modulating Quorum Sensing and Type III Secretion Systems in Bacterial Plant Pathogens for Disease Managementp. 16
Application of Biotechnology to Understand Pathogenesis in Nematode Plant Pathogensp. 58
Interactions Between Plant and Virus Proteomes in Susceptible Hosts: Identification of New Targets for Antiviral Strategiesp. 87
Mechanisms of Plant Virus Evolution and Identification of Genetic Bottlenecks: Impact on Disease Managementp. 109
Molecular Understanding of Viroid Replication Cycles and Identification of Targets for Disease Managementp. 125
Molecular diagnostics of plant pathogens for disease management
Molecular Diagnostics of Soilborne Fungal Pathogensp. 146
Molecular Detection Strategies for Phytopathogenic Bacteriap. 165
Molecular Diagnostics of Plant-parasitic Nematodesp. 195
Molecular Diagnostic Methods for Plant Virusesp. 227
Molecular Identification and Diversity of Phytoplasmasp. 250
Molecular Detection of Plant Viroidsp. 277
Enhancing resistance of plants to pathogens for disease management
Application of Cationic Antimicrobial Peptides for Management of Plant Diseasesp. 301
Molecular Breeding Approaches for Enhanced Resistance Against Fungal Pathogensp. 321
Protein-mediated Resistance to Plant Virusesp. 358
Transgenic Virus Resistance Using Homology-dependent RNA Silencing and the Impact of Mixed Virus Infectionsp. 374
Molecular Characterization of Endogenous Plant Virus Resistance Genesp. 395
Potential for Recombination and Creation of New Viruses in Transgenic Plants Expressing Viral Genes: Real or Perceived Risk?p. 416
Virus-resistant Transgenic Papaya: Commercial Development and Regulatory and Environmental Issuesp. 436
Understanding microbial interactions to enhance disease management
Potential Disease Control Strategies Revealed by Genome Sequencing and Functional Genetics of Plant Pathogenic Bacteriap. 462
Molecular Assessment of Soil Microbial Communities with Potential for Plant Disease Suppressionp. 498
Enhancing Biological Control Efficacy of Yeasts to Control Fungal Diseases Through Biotechnologyp. 518
Molecular Insights into Plant Virus-Vector Interactionsp. 532
Indexp. 569
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