Type

Journal Article

Authors

Aidan Coffey
Jim O'Mahony
Colin Hill
R. P Ross
Olivia McAuliffe
Colin Buttimer

Subjects

Agriculture & Food Science

Topics
bacterial this review control strategies food human market bacteriophages plant diseases

Bacteriophages and Bacterial Plant Diseases. (2016)

Abstract Losses in crop yields due to disease need to be reduced in order to meet increasing global food demands associated with growth in the human population. There is a well-recognized need to develop new environmentally friendly control strategies to combat bacterial crop disease. Current control measures involving the use of traditional chemicals or antibiotics are losing their efficacy due to the natural development of bacterial resistance to these agents. In addition, there is an increasing awareness that their use is environmentally unfriendly. Bacteriophages, the viruses of bacteria, have received increased research interest in recent years as a realistic environmentally friendly means of controlling bacterial diseases. Their use presents a viable control measure for a number of destructive bacterial crop diseases, with some phage-based products already becoming available on the market. Phage biocontrol possesses advantages over chemical controls in that tailor-made phage cocktails can be adapted to target specific disease-causing bacteria. Unlike chemical control measures, phage mixtures can be easily adapted for bacterial resistance which may develop over time. In this review, we will examine the progress and challenges for phage-based disease biocontrol in food crops.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Aidan Coffey, Jim O'Mahony, Colin Hill, R. P Ross, Olivia McAuliffe, Colin Buttimer

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Aidan Coffey
Teagasc
Total Publications: 63
 
2
Jim O'Mahony
Teagasc
Total Publications: 14
 
3
Colin Hill
University College Cork
Total Publications: 351
 
4
R Paul Ross
Teagasc
Total Publications: 441
 
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Olivia McAuliffe
Teagasc
Total Publications: 64