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Plant Pathogen Control Questions

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In broad terms, fungi require similar conditions for growth and development. The need for humid conditions and organic nutrients by both plant pathogen and biocontrol agent are likely to be similar. Control appears possible.

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Over the ages of close contact, fungi have evolved defences against pathogens and those that have continued are likely to have mechanisms that either avoid or prevent disease. Further, specific mechanisms enable pathogens to parasitise their host plant. Biocontrol agents that parasitise a fungal pathogen in culture need not have these responses to the environment of the plant. Pathogens of the pathogens are likely to exist, but they are unlikely to be found amongst the readily cultured and common fungi.

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