Annual Review of Phytopathology (2012) 50, 133-153

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Yitzhak Hadar and Kalliope K. Papadopoulou (2012)
Suppressive composts: Microbial ecology links between abiotic environments and healthy plants
Annual Review of Phytopathology 50, 133-153
Abstract: Suppressive compost provides an environment in which plant disease development is reduced, even in the presence of a pathogen and a susceptible host. Despite the numerous positive reports, its practical application is still limited. The main reason for this is the lack of reliable prediction and quality control tools for evaluation of the level and specificity of the suppression effect. Plant disease suppression is the direct result of the activity of consortia of antagonistic microorganisms that naturally recolonize the compost during the cooling phase of the process. Thus, it is imperative to increase the level of understanding of compost microbial ecology and population dynamics. This may lead to the development of an ecological theory for complex ecosystems as well as favor the establishment of hypothesis-driven studies.
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Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
environment - cropping system/rotation
biocontrol - natural enemies
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review


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