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Microbial bioprotectants for plant disease management


Dr Jürgen Köhl is a Senior Scientist in Plant Pathology at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands with an international reputation in biological control of pests. He is Convenor of the Working Group on Biological and Integrated Control of Plant Pathogens at the International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control (IOBC). Dr Kohl has been Coordinator of the EU BIOCOMES Project on biological control products for sustainable farming.

Dr Willem J. Ravensberg is Corporate Senior Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Manager at Koppert Biological Systems. A leading expert in biocontrol product development, he is former President of the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) and BioProtection Global (BPG) which brings together the world’s leading biocontrol associations.



Publication date:

28 September 2021

Length of book:

400 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786768131

Hardback - £150.00
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With growing concerns about the environmental impact of synthetic fungicides, increasing levels of fungicide resistance and increasing regulatory restrictions on fungicide use, the crop protection sector faces increasing pressure to replace synthetic fungicides with more environmentally-friendly biological alternatives for disease control.

Microbial bioprotectants for plant disease management provides a comprehensive coverage of the recent advances in the development of more ecologically balanced biological methods to control plant diseases. The collection offers a focussed discussion on the availability and use of bacterial, fungal and viral bioprotectants, as well as a general discussion on the issues that arise with their development and use.

Edited by Dr Jürgen Köhl, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands; and Dr Willem Ravensberg, Koppert Biological Systems, The Netherlands, Microbial bioprotectants for plant disease management will be a certified reference point for researchers in crop protection and agronomy; government and private sector agencies involved in sustainable agriculture; agrochemical companies manufacturing/selling crop protection products; agronomists and farmers wanting to broaden their knowledge on bioprotectants.

Key features

  • A comprehensive review of the recent developments in microbial bioprotectants 
  • Covers key classifications of bioprotectants: bacterial (e.g. Bacillus spp.), fungal (e.g. Trichoderma spp.), and viral (e.g. bacteriophages) 
  • Discusses the general issues that arise with the use of key bioprotectants throughout agriculture (e.g. risk of development of resistance against bioprotectants)

What others are saying...

"The proposed content of the book is very comprehensive and relevant. It responds to a need from academics, scientists and practitioners. It provides researchers and students with meaningful insights, unique perspectives and critical analysis. I am confident that the next few years will see the further growth of biological control and that this book will represent a significant contribution to the subject. Congratulations."
Dr Alba Marina Cotes, Senior Consultant and Emeritus Scientist – Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research (AGROSAVIA), Colombia

Table of contents

Part 1 Product development of microbials
1.Advances in understanding modes of action of microbial bioprotectants: Gabriele Berg, Graz University of Technology, Austria;
2.Advances in screening and product development of microbial bioprotectants: Wagner Bettiol, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), Brazil;
3.Visualising plant colonisation by beneficial bacteria, a key step to improve the exploitation of beneficial plant-microbe interactions: Stephane Compant, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria;
4.Durability of efficacy of microbial bioprotectants against plant diseases: Marc Bardin, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE), France;
5.Advances in production and formulation of commercial microbial bioprotectant products: Jacob Eyal, Certis USA, USA;
6.Key issues in regulation of microbial bioprotectants in the European Union: challenges and solutions to achieve a more sustainable crop protection: Rüdiger Hauschild, APIS Applied Insect Science GmbH, Germany;
7.Microbial bioprotectants and the market place: Mark C. Trimmer, Dunham Trimmer LLC, USA;

Part 2 Biological control agents
8.The use of Bacillus spp. as bacterial biocontrol agents to control plant disease: Marc Ongena, University of Liege, Germany;
9.The use of Pseudomonas spp. as bacterial biocontrol agents to control plant disease: Monica Hӧfte, University of Ghent, Belgium;
10.Are there bacterial bioprotectants besides Bacillus and Pseudomonas species?: Emilio Montesinos, Universitat de Girona, Institute of Agriculture and Food Technology, Spain;
11.The use of Trichoderma spp. for plant disease control: Enrique Monte, Universidad de Salamanca , Spain;
12.Clonostachys rosea for control of plant diseases: Magnus Karlsson, Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden;
13.Bacteriophage for plant disease control: Jeff Jones, University of Florida, USA;
14.The use of mild viruses for control of plant pathogenic viruses: Inge Hanssen, DCM, Belgium;
15.Biocontrol via mycoviruses, a neglected option for bioprotection?: Anne van Diepeningen, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands;

Part 3 Examples of use of bioprotectants
16.The use of atoxigenic Aspergillus flavus (Aflasafe) to combat mycotoxin contamination of staple foods in Africa: Ranajit Bandyopadhyay, IITA, Nigeria;
17.Stem injection with Verticillium albo-atrum WCS850 to control Dutch elm disease by induced resistance: Joeke Postma, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands;

Part 4 Future outlook on bioprotectants
18.Role of bioprotectants for disease control in integrated crop protection approaches: Jürgen Köhl, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands;
19.Future outlook on microbial bioprotectants in agriculture: Willem Ravensberg, Koppert Biological Systems, The Netherlands;