Biocontrol of plant diseases is not an unsafe technology!

Eckhard Koch, J.O. Becker, Gabriele Berg, R. Hauschild, J. Jehle, J. Köhl, Kornelia Smalle

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Abstract

In their opinion paper "The unpredictable risk imposed by microbial secondary metabolites: how safe is biological control of plant diseases?" (J. Plant Dis. Prot. 124, 413-419; https://doi.org/10.1007/s41348-017-0109-5), H.B. Deising, I. Gase and Y. Kubo criticize the use of microbial pesticides in plant protection. They point to the ability of microorganisms to form toxic metabolites and fear severe health problems when antagonistic microorganisms are increasingly released into agro-ecosystems. In our opinion, this view fails to reflect the reality because it largely ignores the ecology of microorganisms. In this contribution, we state reasons why biocontrol of plant diseases is a safe technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-125
JournalJournal of Plant Diseases and Protection
Volume125
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

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plant diseases and disorders
biological control
microorganisms
microbial pesticides
fearfulness
plant protection
secondary metabolites
metabolites
ecology
ecosystems

Keywords

  • Biocontrol
  • Safety
  • Registration
  • Metabolites

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Koch, E., Becker, J. O., Berg, G., Hauschild, R., Jehle, J., Köhl, J., & Smalle, K. (2018). Biocontrol of plant diseases is not an unsafe technology! Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection, 125(2), 121-125. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41348-018-0158-4
Koch, Eckhard ; Becker, J.O. ; Berg, Gabriele ; Hauschild, R. ; Jehle, J. ; Köhl, J. ; Smalle, Kornelia. / Biocontrol of plant diseases is not an unsafe technology!. In: Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection. 2018 ; Vol. 125, No. 2. pp. 121-125.
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Biocontrol of plant diseases is not an unsafe technology! / Koch, Eckhard; Becker, J.O.; Berg, Gabriele; Hauschild, R.; Jehle, J.; Köhl, J.; Smalle, Kornelia.

In: Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection, Vol. 125, No. 2, 04.2018, p. 121-125.

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