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Biotechnology of Fungi for Improving Plant Growth : British Mycological Society Symposia - J. M. Whipps

Biotechnology of Fungi for Improving Plant Growth

British Mycological Society Symposia

By: J. M. Whipps (Editor), R.D. Lumsden (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st August 1990
ISBN: 9780521382366
Number Of Pages: 316

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Based on a British Mycological Society Symposium held in September 1988, this book provides a timely review of the increasingly diverse ways in which fungi are being used to improve plant growth and examines the reasons for the rapid advancement in their commercialization. Reflecting the increasing interest in biocontrol, a significant proportion of the book considers fungi as biocontrol agents, examining their specific use in the control of weeds, parasitic insects, nematodes, and plant pathogenic fungi, as well as covering more general commercial and environmental aspects. Relevant techniques in molecular biology are described and the use of mutualistic symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi for the improvement of plant growth are also included. This book will be useful to research workers, advanced students and teachers of mycology, plant pathology and crop protection.

"...should serve admirably to raise the level of awareness and understanding of these common problems among disparate groups of scientists that do not normally follow each others' respective literatures. The editors are to be congratulated for assembling such an interesting and diverse range of approaches to using fungi to protect and to increase overall productivity in agricultural and silvicultural systems." Richard A. Humber, Mycologia

Contributors
Preface
The use of specific ectomycorrhizas to improve artificial forestation practices
The cultivation of ectomycorrhizal fungi
Potentialities and procedures for the use of endomycorrhizas with special emphasis on high value crops
The use of fungi to control pests of agricultural and horticultural importance
Mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis in insects
Improvement of fungi to enhance mycoherbicide potential
Fungi as biological control agents for plant parasitic nematodes
Selection, production, formulation and commercial use of plant disease biocontrol fungi: problems and progress
Mechanisms of biological disease control with special reference to the case study of Pythium oligandrum as an antagonist
Some perspectives on the application of molecular approaches to biocontrol problems
Protoplast technology and strain selection
Commercial approaches to the use of biological control agents
The environmental challenge to biological control of plant pathogens
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ISBN: 9780521382366
ISBN-10: 052138236X
Series: British Mycological Society Symposia
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 31st August 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64