The Plant Pathology Journal (2020) 36, 204-217

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Nguyen Trung Vu and Chang-Sik Oh (2020)
Bacteriophage usage for bacterial disease management and diagnosis in plants
The Plant Pathology Journal 36 (3), 204-217
Abstract: In nature, plants are always under the threat of pests and diseases. Pathogenic bacteria are one of the major pathogen types to cause diseases in diverse plants, resulting in negative effects on plant growth and crop yield. Chemical bactericides and antibiotics have been sed as major approaches for controlling bacterial plant diseases in the field or greenhouse. However, the appearance of resistant bacteria to common antibiotics and bactericides as well as their potential negative effects on environment and human health demands bacteriologists to develop alternative control agents. Bacteriophages, the viruses that can infect and kill only arget bacteria very specifically, have been demonstrated s potential agents, which may have no negative ffects on environment and human health. Many bacteriophages ave been isolated against diverse plantpathogenic bacteria, and many studies have shown to efficiently manage the disease development in both controlled and open conditions such as greenhouse and field. Moreover, the specificity of bacteriophages to certain bacterial species has been applied to develop detection tools for the diagnosis of plant-pathogenic bacteria. In this paper, we summarize the promising results from greenhouse or field experiments with bacteriophages to manage diseases caused by plant-pathogenic bacteria. In addition, we summarize the usage of bacteriophages for the specific detection of plant-pathogenic bacteria.
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Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.
Pectobacterium carotovorum
Ralstonia solanacearum
Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris
Xanthomonas euvesicatoria
Xanthomonas phages (antagonist) Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris
Xanthomonas phages (antagonist) Xanthomonas euvesicatoria
Pectobacterium phages (antagonist) Pectobacterium carotovorum
Ralstonia phages (antagonist) Ralstonia solanacearum