Food Security and Plant Disease Management

Food Security and Plant Disease Management

1st Edition - November 20, 2020

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  • Editors: Ajay Kumar, Samir Droby
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128218433
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128218556

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Food Security and Plant Disease Management offers a comprehensive exploration of biocontrol, the latest technologies being used in plant health assurance, and resulting impacts on crop production and food security. Discussing both theoretical and practical topics, the book examines basic and advanced applications of biosensor and nano-technologies, introduces plant disease, including modes of action and their transmission in host plants, then covers factors contributing to plant disease and various means of addressing those diseases. This volume is part of the  Microorganisms in Agriculture and the Environment series and provides important information for developing new effective plant protection practices.  The direct or indirect applications of beneficial microbes in the treatment of plant disease is termed “microbial control” and these methods have increasingly been identified as important options for plant health management. The beneficial microbes as well as recent omic and nano-technologies also reveal important mechanisms that can be utilized in disease management strategies.

Key Features

  • Explores the impact of climate change on plant diseases and new methods of resolution
  • Includes information on gene expression during crop disease management
  • Presents insights into the legal and commercial aspects of microbial control


Researchers and students interested in utlizing microbes in crop plant protection and fertilization, general agriculture, environment management. Microbiologists, ecologists, plant pathologists, physiologists, agronomists, molecular biologists, pharmacologists and related researchers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction of plant diseases: Infections and transmission
    2. Current status of plant diseases and food security
    3. Impact of climate change on plant diseases and food production: an Overview
    4. Exploring the Molecular signatures of host –pathogen interactions in plant diseases: conflict and cooperation
    5. Principle, diversity, mechanism and potential of practical application of plant probiotic bacteria for the biocontrol of phytopathogens by induced systemic resistance
    6. RNA interference as a promising strategy for plant disease management
    7. Safflower plant disease -sustainable protection against (Alternaria carthamus L.)
    8. Mycotoxins associated food safety concerns of agriculture crops
    9. CRISPER/CAS technology for food security and plant disease management
    10. An overview of nanotechnology in disease management and food safety
    11. Plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) as biocontrol agents in the cereal crops
    12. Recent advances in commercial production and formulation of microbial biocontrol agents
    13. Harnessing the potential of biostimulants and biocontrol agents for sustainable management of agricultural productivity
    14. Microbial formulation approaches in postharvest disease managemen
    15. Utilization of antagonistic microbes for the eco-friendly management of fungal diseases of the harvested fruits during post harvest handling and storage
    16. Microbiological efficacy of decontamination methodologies for fresh produce
    17. Sustainable agricultural practices using microbial strains for crop protection
    18. Probiotics in edible coatings: approaches to food security and fruits disease management
    19. Microbial volatiles: prospects for plant defense and disease management
    20. Molecular techniques used in plant disease diagnosis
    21. Biomanagement of Fusarium spp associated with pulses

Product details

  • No. of pages: 482
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2020
  • Published: November 20, 2020
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128218433
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128218556

About the Editors

Ajay Kumar

Dr. Ajay Kumar is a visiting scientist at the Agriculture Research Organization, Volcani center, Rishon Leziyon, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development Israel. He has published extensively in leading International and National journals or books. He has wide area of research experience, especially in the field of Plant-Microbe Interactions, Microbial biocontrol, and Endophytes related with the medicinal plants, Postharvest management of fruits. Dr. Kumar has published more than 165 research articles including review papers/book chapters/ books in the leading international journals. He is serving as special issue editors in some journals like “Frontiers in Microbiology, Microorganism” etc. In addition also acting as reviewer in some leading journals like Frontiers group, PLOS ONE, Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Biological Control, Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 3Biotech etc. Dr, Kumar has edited several books with leading publishers including Elsevier, Springer, and Taylor and Francis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Visiting Scientist, Agriculture Research Organization, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Volcani Center, Rishon, Lezziyon, Israel

Samir Droby

Prof. Samir Droby is a senior research scientist at the ARO, the Volcani Center and Professor of Plant Pathology and postharvest Sciences at the Division of Biochemistry and Food Science at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2013, he has been serving as the chair of the Postharvest Pathology Subject Matter Committee of the International Society of Plant Pathology. His research expertise include developing biological and natural based control strategies for postharvest diseases, microbiome of harvested commodities, mode of action of yeast biocontrol agents, pathogenicity mechanisms of Penicillium species on citrus and apple fruit and resistance mechanisms of fruits against postharvest pathogens. Prof. Droby has published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 25 review articles and 27 book chapters on various topics related to postharvest pathology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Scientist, ARO, Volcani Center and Professor of Plant Pathology and postharvest Sciences, Division of Biochemistry and Food Science, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

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