The use of synthetic pesticides has undoubtedly resulted in the
achievement of increased crop production. However, in recent times,
there has been a considerable pressure on consumers and farmers to
reduce or eliminate the use of synthetic pesticides in
horticulture, since fruits and vegetables are consumed afresh. This
concern has encouraged looking for better alternatives which are
cheaper and eco-friendly than synthetic pesticides. It is well
known that plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) play an
important role in maintaining crop and soil health through
versatile mechanisms. There are two main outcomes or effects from
beneficial microorganisms: enhanced plant growth and crop
protection, both of which represent the two main constraints to
agriculture. The information on biomanagement of pests (insect and
nematode pests, fungal, bacterial and viral/phytoplasma diseases)
of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, plantation, spice,
tuber, ornamental, medicinal and aromatic crops) using PGPR is very
much scattered. There is no book at present which comprehensively
and exclusively deals with the above aspects on horticultural
crops. The present book deals with biomanagement of pests in
horticultural crops in detail using PGPR. The present book deals
with biomanagement of pests in horticultural crops in detail using
PGPR. The present book is divided into six sections. The first
section deals with the importance of PGPR including introduction,
potential role of PGPR in agriculture, genera of PGPR, disease
management, nematode management, insect pest management, integrated
pest management, mechanism of biocontrol, mass production,
formulation, delivery and commercialization. Pest management in
tropical, sub-tropical and temperate fruit crops is dealt in
Section II. The third section deals with pest management in
Solanaceous, bulbous, Malvaceous, Cruciferous, Leguminous,
Cucurbitaceous, leafy and root and tuber vegetable crops. Pest
management in plantation and spice crops is in Section IV. Section
V deals with pest management in ornamental, medicinal and aromatic
crops. The last section deals with a road map ahead including
challenges, future prospective and conclusions. The book is
extensively illustrated with excellent quality photographs
enhancing the quality of publication. The book is written in lucid
style, easy to understand language along with adoptable
recommendations involving eco-friendly components of IPM.
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