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Integrating Compost Teas in the Management of Fruit and Foliar Diseases for Sustainable Crop Yield and Quality


Evans, KJ and Percy, AK, Integrating Compost Teas in the Management of Fruit and Foliar Diseases for Sustainable Crop Yield and Quality, Composting for Sustainable Agriculture, Springer, DK Maheshwari (ed), Switzerland, pp. 173-198. ISBN 978-3-319-08003-1 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-08004-8_9


Crop protectants are applied to crops to prevent loss of yield and pre-harvest spoilage by plant pathogens. Contemporary disease management focuses on the integration of cultural and biological controls to reduce or eliminate the need for synthetic chemicals. Compost tea is a watery extract of microorganisms and nutrients from compost for application to the soil or crop canopy. It is a type of biological control that has potential to suppress a broad range of plant pathogens. This review provides a framework for evaluating the efficacy and safety of compost teas for the management of fruit and foliar diseases. Mechanisms for integrated disease management are discussed in the context of mode of action, batch-to-batch variation in tea quality, spray timing and technique, and variation in disease suppression among sites and growing seasons. Future research is proposed to further identify the role of compost teas in sustaining crop yields, produce quality and rural livelihoods.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:keywords crop protection, food safety, horticulture, organic, pathology
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural crop protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Horticultural crops not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Evans, KJ (Associate Professor Katherine Evans)
UTAS Author:Percy, AK (Dr Alice Percy)
ID Code:86929
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-11-01
Last Modified:2017-10-16

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