Special Issue "Plant Disease Control in Agriculture"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2018).
Interests: mycorrhizal fungi; nutritional quality; phytopathology; plant physiology; symbiosis
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations points out that modern agriculture must meet two objectives that seem to be almost mutually exclusive: To satisfy the nutritional needs of an increasing human population and to minimize the negative impact on the environment. However, agricultural production and food quality are threatened by pests and diseases. An integrated management style combining chemical, mechanical, physical, cultural and biological methods has been proposed as the best approach for controlling crop pests and diseases. In recent years, some authors have claimed that disease management programs must reflect the dynamism of pathogen population structure to ensure agricultural sustainability. In this context, evolutionary biologists can play a key role in designing integrated pest management programs. Climate change scenarios will aggravate the negative impact of plant pests and diseases and may alter the coevolutionary interactions between pathogens and host plants. Therefore, combining climate change, crop growth and crop disease models to predict impacts of climate change on crop diseases together with the application of modern technologies in the agriculture (such as nanotechnology, remote sensing, computer science, and telecommunications) can guide planning the most appropriate strategies to ensure future food security.
Dr. Nieves Goicoechea
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- Climate change impact on crop diseases
- Food security
- Management of crop diseases
- Sustainable agriculture
- Pests and diseases management programs
- Technology for crop disease management