Bacterial endophytes of perennial crops for management of plant disease
Melnick, Rachel L.
Bailey, B. A.
Backman, Paul A.
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Bacterial endophytes, microorganisms which inhabit the internal tissues of plants, can suppress disease and are often used as a biological control in annual crops. Less research, however, has been applied to the use of bacterial endophytes to prevent disease in perennial crops, which presents a more complex challenge. However, exploration of their potential as a biological control in perennial crops has been limited. This chapter assembles current knowledge on the subject, providing case studies on bacterial endophytes for cacao pod diseases and citrus tree diseases.