Biological Control of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes Edition 2

Soil Ecosystem Management in Sustainable Agriculture

November 2019
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    8th November 2019
  • ISBN 9781786395337
  • Language English
  • Pages 536 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images figures, tables & photos
June 2014
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  • Published
    13th June 2014
  • ISBN 9781780644158
  • Language English
  • Pages 536 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images figures, tables & photos

Plant-parasitic nematodes are one of multiple causes of soil-related sub-optimal crop performance. This book integrates soil health and sustainable agriculture with nematode ecology and suppressive services provided by the soil food web to provide holistic solutions. Biological control is an important component of all nematode management programs, and with a particular focus on integrated soil biology management, this book describes tools available to farmers to enhance the activity of natural enemies, and utilize soil biological processes to reduce losses from nematodes.


Section I: Setting the Scene
1. Ecosystem Services and the Concept of ‘Integrated Soil Biology Management’

Section II: The Soil Environment, Soil Ecology, Soil Health and Sustainable Agriculture
2. The Soil Environment and the Soil–Root Interface 15
3. The Soil Food Web and the Soil Nematode Community
4. Global Food Security, Soil Health and Sustainable Agriculture

Section III: Natural Enemies of Nematodes
5. Nematophagous Fungi and Oomycetes
6. Nematodes, Mites and Collembola as Predators of Nematodes, and the role of Generalist Predators
7. Obligate Parasites of Nematodes: Viruses and Bacteria in the Genus Pasteuria

Section IV: Plant-Microbial Symbiont-Nematode Interactions
8. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, Endophytic Fungi, Bacterial Endophytes and Plant Growth-promoting Rhizobacteria

Section V: Natural Suppression and Inundative Biological Control
9. Suppression of Nematodes and Other Soilborne Pathogens with Organic Amendments
10. Specific Suppression of Plant-parasitic Nematodes
11. Integrated Soil Biology Management: The Pathway to Enhanced Natural Suppression of Plant-parasitic Nematodes
12. Biological Products for Nematode Management

Section VI: Summary, Conclusions, Practical Guidelines and Future Research
13. Biological Control as a Component of Integrated Nematode Management: The Way Forward
14. A Practical Guide to Improving Soil Health and Enhancing Suppressiveness to Nematode Pests

Graham R. Stirling

Graham R. Stirling has 35 years experience in research, has published more than 70 scientific papers and has been made an Honorary Member and Fellow of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society for his services to the Society and to Nematology. He has extensive experience in both temperate and tropical agriculture, having worked in Queensland, South Australia and California on many crops, including wheat, rice, stonefruit, apples, citrus, grapes, pineapples, ginger, sugarcane, tomatoes, potatoes, and other vegetables. He is recognized internationally for his work on nematodes, particularly biological control, and is also an experienced plant pathologist and soil biologist. Dr. Stirling with his wife Marcelle, runs a company that provides research and disease diagnostic services to Australia's rural industries.