Recent studies on biological control of plant diseases in Japan

Mitsuro Hyakumachi, Hideki Takahashi, Yoichi Matsubara, Nobutaka Someya, Masafumi Shimizu, Kappei Kobayashi, Masamichi Nishiguchi

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Microorganisms play an enormously important role in plant disease control. Research on biological control of plant pathogens has received major impetus and attracted many researchers during the past few decades due to the increased public concern on hazards associated with the use of synthetic pesticides. From research on utilizing specific antagonistic microorganisms, many effective biological control agents (BCAs) have been found and are increasingly implemented in integrated pest management strategies to control plant diseases. Here current research results on biological control against plant diseases carried out in Japan are reviewed by focusing on major categories of BCAs: fungi, bacteria and actinomycetes and attenuated viruses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-302
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of General Plant Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul


  • Attenuated viruses
  • Beneficial actinomycetes
  • Beneficial bacteria
  • Beneficial fungi
  • Biological control agents (BCAs)
  • Mode of action


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