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Disease control by sulphur induced resistance

By S Haneklaus, E Bloem and E Schnug


As early as the 19th century, Justus von Liebig (1803 – 1873) identified the lack of vitality of soils and non-existent vigour of plants as relevant causes of increased infections of crops by fungal diseases. Organic farming requires alternative strategies for combating pests and diseases. Soil-applied sulphate fertilisation proved to significantly reduce infection rate and severity of crops by fungal diseases. The potential efficacy of socalled Sulphur Induced Resistance (SIR) expressed as a reduction of the disease index ranged from 5–50% and 17–35% in greenhouse and field experiments, respectively. Metabolic pathways involved in SIR imply, for instance, the synthesis of phytoalexins, glutathione, glucosinolates and the release of sulphur-containing volatiles

Topics: Crop health, quality, protection
Publisher: Association of Applied Biologists
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:orgprints.org:10231
Provided by: Organic Eprints

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