Disease management: cultural practices

Ogle, Helen, and Dale, Michele (1997) Disease management: cultural practices. In: Brown, J.F., and Ogle, H.J., (eds.) Plant Pathogens and Plant Diseases. Rockvale Publications, Armidale, NSW, Australia, pp. 390-404.

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The term cultural control describes the actiVities of humans aimed at controlling disease through the cultural manipulation of plants. At present, cultural control practices find their greatest value in large area and low unit value crops such as temperate cereals and forests. For some crops, such control practices may be the only economically viable methods available. Many cultural practices were features of 'traditional' farming and have been replaced as cropping has become more intensive. High labour costs in modem agriculture may prohibit the use of many of these practices. Cultural control practices could be considered a form of biological control and tend to be preventative and indirect in their actions against pathogens. The success of cultural control practices ultimately depends on understanding the biology of the pathogen and the response of the host to infection. Such knowledge facilitates management decisions which 'attack' parasites at vulnerable stages of their life cycles. It may be difficult to assess their effectiveness because the farming operations are often performed well in advance of expected pathogen attacks.

Item ID: 54179
Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-1-86389-439-5
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 23:40
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060704 Plant Pathology @ 80%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 20%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8299 Other Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 829999 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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