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Are organic farming soils more disease suppressive?

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Geense, P. F., Forsyth, L. M., Kukulies, T., Pattison, A. B. and Molina, A. B. (2011) Are organic farming soils more disease suppressive? Proceedings of the Sixth Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium, Twin Waters, Queensland, Australia, 9-11 August 2010 . Australasian Plant Pathology Society Inc, 47 pages. ISBN 978-0-646-53983-6

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Due to lack of diversity, commercial banana plantations are susceptible to pests and diseases. Organic agriculture is a way of farming that aims to develop holistic management in an ecological way. Organic agriculture tries to promote disease suppression through healthy soils by increasing biological activity and diversity. This is achieved through
the application of organic fertilizers and increasing organic inputs to stimulate soil microbial biomass and activity (1). Fusarium wilt of bananas caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc), also known as Panama disease, has been a devastating disease throughout the world. So far, no fungicides or cultural measures have been found that sufficiently control Foc. The aim of this research was to assess whether organic farming systems and soils are more resilient than inorganic farming systems to soilborne diseases, in particular Fusarium wilt.

Item Type:Book
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Soils. Soil science
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Soils. Soil science > Soil chemistry
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Culture of individual fruits or types of fruit > Bananas
Plant pests and diseases
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