Fruits suffer significant losses after harvest that reduce storage, acceptability of the products, and represent a source of risk for human health. Postharvest diseases are controlled by application of synthetic fungicides whose use has been increasingly restricted because of concern for the presence of residues in the food and in the environment, as well as the development of fungal resistance. Over the last 20 years, a large number of studies focused on the use of biological control agents to control postharvest. Bacteria have several features that make them attractive candidates as biological control agents against postharvest plant pathogens. There are several reports of the isolation and successful use of bacteria for postharvest decay control, and a small proportion of these were developed into commercial product. This review focuses on bacteria selected and applied as biological control agents of postharvest diseases. Their mode of action and their use in integrated control strategies with chemical and physical means of protection are reviewed.
|Titolo:||Bacteria for biological control of postharvest diseases of fruits|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio)|