Based on a British Mycological Society symposium held in september 1988.
Based on a British Mycological Society symposium held in September 1988, this book provides a timely review of the increasingly diverse ways in which fungi are being used to improve plant growth and examines the reasons for the rapid advancement in their commercialisation. Reflecting the increasing interest in biocontrol, a significant proportion of the book considers fungi as biocontrol agents, examining their specific use in the control of weeds, parasitic insects and nematodes, and plant pathogenic fungi, as well as covering more general commercial and environmental aspects. Relevant techniques in molecular biology are described and their possible application in this area examined. Chapters on the use of mutualistically symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi for the improvement of plant growth are also included.
Table of Contents
1. The use of specific ectomycorrhizas to
improve artificial forestation practices D. H.
Marx and C. E. Cordell
2. The cultivation of ectomycorrhizal fungi L.
M. Harvey, J. E. Smith, B. Kristiansen, J.
Neill and E. Senior
3. Potentialities and procedures for the use of
endomycorrhizas with special emphasis on high
value crops S. Gianinazzi, V.
Gianinazzi-Pearson and A. Trouvelot
4. The use of fungi to control pests of
agricultural and horticultural importance A. T.
Gillespie and E. R. Moorhouse
5. Mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis in insects
A. K. Charnley
6. Improvement of fungi to enhance
mycoherbicide potential G. E. Templeton and D.
7. Fungi as biological control agents for plant
parasitic nematodes B. R. Kerry
8. Selection, production, formulation and
commercial use of plant disease biocontrol
fungi: problems and progress R. D. Lumsden and
J. A. Lewis
9. Mechanisms of biological disease control
with special reference to the case study of
Pythium oligandrum as an antagonist K. Lewis,
J. M. Whipps and R. C. Cooke
10. Some perspectives on the application of
molecular approaches to biocontrol problems R.
11. Protoplast technology and strain selection
M. J. Hocart and J. F. Peberdy
12. Commercial approaches to the use of
biological control agents K. Powell and J. L.
13. The environmental challenge to biological
control of plant pathogens A. Renwick and N.