About this Research Topic
Owing to progressing concerns vis-à-vis unsustainable trends in plant disease management, it has become the priority of agricultural scientists, research organizations, and many governmental and non-governmental institutions throughout the world to encourage and support the implementation of Integrated Plant Disease Management (IPDM). Recent developments in IPDM have the greater potential to contribute to the significance of plant disease management for sustainable development in agriculture, including technological innovations and new modes of delivery. Biotechnology, especially genetic engineering, offers new tools for minimizing reliance on chemical pesticides. New products for biological control are becoming more widely applied, and the agrochemical industry is developing more specific and targeted products. Organic farming has evolved into a globally renowned practice and has many linkages to IPDM systems.
In many parts of the globe, the percentage of people who produce food and cultivate crops is decreasing day by day. In much of the produce generated, various crop protection techniques play a pivotal role. However, continuous dependency on these past and conventional methods have jeopardized food security of modern-day. Pesticide resistance, several market forces, and anticipated deleterious effects of pesticides have revolutionized the modern plant protection. It has been observed that continuous reliance on synthetic chemicals is no longer acceptable.
In the current situation, IPDM will be among the most appropriate strategies to effectively combat plant pathogens to abate yield losses. This approach demands the use and incorporation of modern technologies in IPDM under different cropping systems. This science-based assessment takes into account many plant protection trends, including new modes of action, concerns related to pesticide residues, new technologies to control the evolution of resistance in pathogens, development of new pathogen races, and evaluation of new biological control agents, modern molecular tools, etc. The latest technological approaches are becoming essential, particularly the adoption of remote sensing tools which lead to accurate and systematic surveillance of pathogens, smart sprayers, and the development of new high yielding disease-resistant cultivars. Genetic approaches and techniques like RNAi, marker technology, plant-incorporated protectants, and stacked traits may also fit in this integrated management system. These are the dire and immediate needs and are a great challenge. This proposal will bring scientists together to design integrated strategies for the management of plant diseases in addition to preserving ecosystems farm productivity.
Some of the main topics of this Research Topic include, but are not limited to:
• Chemicals and biocontrol agents with new modes of action
• Technological advances in the formulation and application of (bio)pesticides
• Advances in strategies to increase host resistance
• RNA interference for plant disease resistance
• Nanotechnology in plant disease management
• Advanced transgenic approaches
Keywords: resistance management, biotechnological approaches, biological control, molecular techniques, integrated disease management
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