348 pages | 100 B/W Illus.
Plant diseases are a serious threat to food production. This unique volume provides the fundamental knowledge and practical use of B.subtilis as a promising biocontrol agent. In order to replace chemical pesticides, one possibility is microbial pesticides using safe microbes. Bacillus subtilis is one of several candidates. Screening of the bacterium, the application of plant tests, clarification of its suppressive mechanism to plant pathogens and engineering aspects of suppressive peptides production are presented here. The author illustrates how B. subtilis is far more advantageous than, for example, Pseudomonas in biocontrol and can be considered as an useful candidate.
In vitro selection of B. subtilis as a candidate of biocontrol agent; In vivo plant tests, including stability of B. subtilis in soil; Characterization of suppressive products to plant pathogens produced by B. subtilis; Biochemical and genetic analysis of B. subtilis related with production of three antibacterial and antifungal peptide substances; Engineering study of production of antibacterial and antifungal substances; comparison of submerged cultivation with solid-state cultivation and optimization; Co-use of B. subtilis with chemical pesticide; Mixed culture effect on biocontrol; Practical application of B. subtilis in some fruit gardens; Degradation characteristics of soybean curd residue by B. subtilis