Book Cover: Utilising Plant Defence for Pest Control

K.V. Wurms, A.J. Popay, N.L. Bell and M.V. Jaspers (2013)
ISBN 978-0-473-24800-0

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Plant defence is an essential tool for helping to control pests, but there are currently many challenges to using it to full potential. In 2011, the New Zealand Plant Protection Society organised a symposium entitled "Utilising Plant Defence for Pest Control" to address ways in which plant defence can be used and the challenges around using it. The eleven papers contained in this publication give local and international examples of how plant defence has been used to overcome insect, disease and weed pests. Topics covered include: plant defence cross talk; use of elicitors; manipulation of volatiles; use of symbiotic endophytes and mycorrhizal fungi; and allelopathy. Limitations of plant defence are discussed, along with suggestions to mitigate problems. This book will serve as a thought-provoking treatise on a topic that is becoming increasingly important in global horticultural and agricultural husbandry.