1st Edition

Biocontrol Systems and Plant Physiology in Modern Agriculture Processes, Strategies, Innovations

    314 Pages 12 Color & 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    314 Pages 12 Color & 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    Biocontrol Systems and Plant Physiology in Modern Agriculture: Processes, Strategies, Innovations focuses on new production alternatives that do not include pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals for primary food production and instead rely on biologically controlled systems of production. The book also relates a number of advances and innovations in the use of agricultural technologies that employ the study of the physiology of plants to know their resistance to different environments in modern agriculture. The book presents research offering viable alternatives for the control of pests for safe food production that are environmentally friendly and that facilitate the reduction of production costs and improve the quality and yield of produce.

    The volume addresses innovative biocontrol systems to reduce or eliminate the use of agrochemicals by controlling plant diseases by minimizing environmental damage through the use of antagonistic organisms. It also presents new strategies of cultivation that maximize production by optimizing light, temperature, humidity, nutrients and humidity in a controlled environment.

    The diverse topics in the volume include botanical compounds as adjuvants as an alternative to reduce the pesticide use, on-site production of bio-control agents, plant factory systems that offer controlled safe environments for plant cultivation, promising bio-nematicides for sustainable agriculture, wastewater reclamation for agricultural purposes, the recovery of phytochemicals from plants, using LED lights on plants and microgreens production, and much more.

    Covering the new trends in biological control, plant factories, and plant metabolism for application in modern agriculture, this volume provides important research and knowledge that facilitates environmentally friendly plant systems, advances the reduction of production costs, and improves the quality and yield of produce.

    PART I: Biocontrol Systems: Processes and Strategies in Modern Agriculture

    1. Botanical Compounds as Adjuvants: An Alternative to Reduce the Pesticide Use

    Saúl Saucedo-Pompa, Guillermo Cristian Guadalupe Martínez-Ávila, José Sandoval Cortés, Araceli Loredo-Treviño, and Janeth Margarita Ventura-Sobrevilla

    2. Customization of Bioreactor Technology for On-Site Production of Biocontrol Agents

    M. Mousumi Das, M. Haridas, Hector Arturo Ruiz Leza, and A. Sabu

    3. Fungal Biomass Supported on Polyurethane Shavings for Removing the Dye Direct Black 38

    Julia Mariana Márquez-Reyes, Juan Pablo Hernández-Rodríguez, Orquídea Pérez-González, Celestino García-Gómez, and Humberto Rodríguez-Fuentes

    4. Purpureocillium lilacinum: A Promising Bionematicide for Sustainable Agriculture

    M. Mousumi Das, Raul Rodriguez Herrera, M. Haridas, and A. Sabu

    5. Essential Oils: An Overview of Extraction Methods, Applications, and Perspectives

    Mireya Vázquez-Aguilar, Israel Bautista-Hernández, Romeo Rojas, Cecilia Castro-López, and Guillermo Cristian Guadalupe Martínez-Ávila

    6. Physical and Chemical Water Quality from a Hybrid System for Wastewater Reclamation for Agricultural Purposes

    Milton Torres-Cerón, Juan Antonio Vidales-Contreras, Humberto Rodriguez-Fuentes, Alejandro Isabel Luna-Maldonado, Donaji Josefina Gonzalez-Mille, and Juan Napoles-Armenta

    PART II: Plant Physiology Innovations

    7. Effect of Films Based on Pectin-Hydroponic Mucilage on the Quality and Shelf Life of Golden Apple

    Brenda Luna-Sosa, Dulce Concepción González-Sandoval, C. G. Guillermo Martínez-Ávila, Juana Aranda-Ruíz, Mayra Treviño-Garza, and Romeo Rojas

    8. Vegetable Products from the Huasteca Potosina: A Healthy and Sustainable Option

    Abigail Reyes-Munguía, María Luisa Carrillo- Inungaray, Pedro Aguilar-Zárate, Rafael Germán Campos-Montiel, Diana Jaqueline Pimentel-González, Jorge Enrique Wong-Paz, and Diana Beatríz Muñiz-Márquez

    9. Strategies for the Recovery of Phytochemicals from Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) Cultivated in the Huasteca Potosina

    Fernanda Andrade-Damián, Mariela R. Michel, Naomi Gabriela Álvarez-Díaz, Diana Beatríz Muñiz-Márquez, Jorge Enrique Wong-Paz, Fabiola Veana-Hernández, and Pedro Aguilar-Zárate

    10. Effect of LED Light in Biomass Production and Presence of Metabolites in Medicinal Plants

    Luis Enrique Ordóñez López, Humberto Rodríguez-Fuentes, Alejandro Isabel Luna-Maldonado, Julia Mariana Márquez-Reyes, and Romeo Rojas

    11. Innovation in Agriculture: A Review of Plant Factory

    Victor H. Avendaño Abarca, Dulce Concepción González-Sandoval, Guillermo Cristian Guadalupe Martínez-Ávila, and Romeo Rojas

    12. Sorghum and Aphid (Melanaphis sacchari) Interaction: Plant Physiology, Breeding, and Molecular Overview

    B. Rincón-López, Antonio Flores Naveda, U. Aranda Lara, Martin E. Tiznado Hernández, and Julio César Tafolla-Arellano

    13. Effect of LED Light on Plants and Microgreens Production in a Plant Factory System

    Natiely Gallo de la Paz, C. Martínez-Ávila, Humberto Rodríguez-Fuentes, Natiely Gallo de la Paz, Alejandro Isabel Luna-Maldonado, and Romeo Rojas

    14. New Trends in the Analysis of Abiotic Stress Resistance in Corn: Selected Secondary Metabolites

    Cesar de Jesus Ayala-Meza, Francisco Zavala-García, Marisol Galicia-Juárez, and Guillermo Niño-Medina


    Romeo Rojas, PhD, is Professor at the School of Agronomy, Autonomous University of Nuevo León, Mexico, as well as Coordinator of the Research Center and Development for Food Industries. His research and teaching is in the area of foods, biotechnology, and agricultural sciences. Dr. Rojas is currently working on several research and collaboration projects funded by the Agricultural Secretariat of Mexico, National Forestry Commission, and the National Mexican Research Council. He has published over 20 original research papers in indexed journals and 16 book chapters and has participated in and contributed to over 50 scientific meetings. He is a member of the Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering and other organizations.

    Guillermo Cristian Guadalupe Martínez Ávila, PhD, is Professor at the School of Agronomy, Autonomous University of Nuevo León, Mexico, specializing in research on foods, biotechnology, and agricultural sciences. Dr. Martínez Ávila has published 24 original research papers in indexed journals and 10 book chapters and has participated in and contributed to over 50 scientific meetings. He was named as an outstanding reviewer for journals such as Food Research International, Heliyon, LWT-Food Science and Technology, etc. He is a member of the National System of Researchers, Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, and Mexican Association of Food Chemistry.

    Juan Antonio Vidales Contreras, PhD, has been a professor since 1985 at the Agronomy School, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, specializing in the field of environmental science and engineering. Currently, he is head of the graduate and research office. Dr. Vidales Contreras currently has developed more than 10 research projects funded by diverse local and national institutions. He has published over 58 original research papers on wastewater treatment and agricultural systems in indexed journals and three book chapters and has participated in and contributed to over 20 scientific meetings.

    Cristóbal Noé Aguilar, PhD, is Director of Research and Postgraduate Programs at the Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila, Mexico. Dr. Aguilar has published more than 160 papers in indexed journals, more than 40 articles in Mexican journals, and 250 contributions in scientific meetings. He has also published many book chapters, several Mexican books, four editions of international books, and more. He has been awarded several prizes and awards, the most important of which are the National Prize of Research 2010 from the Mexican Academy of Sciences; the Prize "Carlos Casas Campillo 2008" from the Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering; National Prize AgroBio–2005; and the Mexican Prize in Food Science and Technology. Dr. Aguilar is a member of the Mexican Academy of Science, the International Bioprocessing Association, Mexican Academy of Sciences, Mexican Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, and the Mexican Association for Food Science and Biotechnology. He has developed more than 21 research projects, including six international exchange projects.