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Fusarium diseases: biology and management perspectives

Code: 9781838797348
Edward C. Rojas, Hans J. L. Jørgensen, Birgit Jensen and David B. Collinge, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Chapter synopsis: World cereal production faces the challenge of increasing productivity while reducing its environmental footprint. Diseases like Fusarium head blight that reduce yield and quality of the harvest are controlled mainly with agricultural practices and fungicides. These measures have been shown to be inefficient or unsustainable. After reviewing the current knowledge about Fusarium fungi–cereal interactions, this chapter describes how progress can be built over current agricultural practices in integrated pest management plans. The methods described include increasing genetic resistance by exploiting the full extent of the advantages of new technologies, as well as looking for new fungicide molecules that aim for specific fungal metabolic pathways during infection at an early stage. The chapter addresses the disease cycle of Fusarium head blight, host–pathogen interactions, genetic resistance, the role of mycotoxins, the impact of the disease on yields and loss of crop quality, and techniques of disease management. Finally, the chapter looks ahead to future research trends in this area.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2018.0039.02
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Fusarium epidemiology and distribution 3 Disease cycle and infection 4 Host–pathogen interaction 5 Genetic resistance 6 Mycotoxins 7 Yield and quality losses 8 Disease management 9 Future trends 10 Conclusion 11 Acknowledgements 12 Where to look for further information 13 References

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