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Induced Resistance: Potential for Control of Postharvest Diseases of Horticultural Crops

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Dann, E. (2003) Induced Resistance: Potential for Control of Postharvest Diseases of Horticultural Crops. In: Australasian Postharvest Horticulture Conference, 1-3 October 2003, Carlton Crest Hotel, Brisbane.



Fortunately, plants have developed highly effective mechanisms with which to defend themselves when attacked by potentially disease-causing microorganisms. If not, then they would succumb to the many pathogenic fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes and insect pests, and disease would prevail. These natural defence systems of plants can be deliberately activated to provide some protection against the major pathogens responsible for causing severe yield losses in agricultural and horticultural crops. This is the basis of what is known as ‘induced’ or ‘acquired’ disease resistance in plants.
Although the phenomenon of induced resistance has been known amongst plant pathologists for over 100 years, its inclusion into pest and disease management programmes has been a relatively recent development, ie. within the last 5 years. This review will discuss very briefly some of the characteristics of the induced resistance phenomenon, outline some of the advantages and limitations to its implementation and provide some examples within a postharvest pathology context. Finally some approaches being investigated by the fruit pathology team at DPI Indooroopilly and collaborators will be outlined.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission of the Convenor and Co-editor of the Australasian Postharvest Horticulture Conference 2003.
Keywords:Induced resistance; plants; postharvest; resistance activators; review.
Subjects:Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection
Plant culture > Horticulture. Horticultural crops
Plant culture > Harvesting, curing, storage
Live Archive:09 Jul 2004
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:47

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