Soilborne diseases caused by plant pathogenic organisms result in major economic losses to agricultural production. These diseases pose a challenge to agriculture since they are difficult to control (chemical control is usually ineffective and many soilborne pathogens produce resting structures that survive in the soil for a long time) and may render soils unsuitable for production. Sustainable production systems must integrate disease management practices that incorporate disease resistance, nutrient enhancement, and biocontrol, among others, and must target a population of the pathogen and not a single individual. Pathogen populations may be very diverse, in particular regarding their virulence. Therefore, it is of key importance to understand the interactions between host genotypes, biocontrol agents and pathogen populations, within an ecological framework that includes resident and augmented microbial communities, and to integrate this information into disease management systems.
|Effective start/end date||11/1/12 → 9/30/17|