Review of the use of inorganic salts as fungicides

Deliopoulos, T., Kettlewell, P.S. and Hare, M.C. (2009) Review of the use of inorganic salts as fungicides. Aspects of Applied Biology, 91 Crop Protection in Southern Britain. pp. 23-26.

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Despite health concerns about fungicide residues in food products and the environment and the development of pathogen resistance to several fungicide groups, chemical control still remains the most commonly employed method to manage crop fungal diseases in the UK. There is, however, increasing pressure to develop more sustainable and safer alternative methods in plant disease management. A literature survey has revealed that a promising alternative approach to reduce the incidence and severity of certain fungal pathogens can be spray or hydroponic applications of inorganic salts. The present paper summarises the main findings of this survey and focuses on fungal pathogens that affect crops grown in the UK. Examples of salts with antifungal properties are given in each of five groups; bicarbonates, phosphates, silicates, phosphites and chlorides. Finally, based on criteria such as weight of published evidence and availability of commercial products, the target diseases powdery mildew of cucurbits, powdery mildew and septoria leaf blotch of wheat and potat late blight are identified for future research in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Crop and Environment Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Darren Roberts
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 15:29
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 12:25

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