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Record number 530154
Title Fungi and bacteria boost resistance to pests and diseases : endophytes a useful addition to pest control
Author(s) Messelink, G.
Source In Greenhouses : the international magazine for greenhouse growers 6 (2017)4. - ISSN 2215-0633 - p. 22 - 23.
Department(s) WUR GTB Gewasgezondheid Bodem en Water
Publication type Article in professional journal
Publication year 2017
Abstract More and more research is revealing that endophytes – microorganisms that live in the plant without harming it – can significantly boost a plant’s resistance to pests. These findings prompted researchers to investigate the potential of endophytes in pest control in greenhouse horticulture. Experiments in tomato, sweet pepper, bedding plants and chrysanthemum have shown that while the fungal isolates tested thus far don’t deliver complete pest control, they do significantly inhibit population growth.
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