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Silicon and Plant Diseases
Silicon and Plant Diseases

Up-to-date information on silicon’s effects against different components of host plant resistance in a vast number of dicot and monocot species.

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Silicon, considered to be the second most abundant mineral element in soil, plays an important role in the mineral nutrition of plants. A wide variety of monocot and dicot species have benefited from silicon nutrition, whether direct or indirect, when they are exposed to different types of abiotic and or biotic stresses. Besides the many agronomic and horticultural benefits gained by maintaining adequate levels of this element in the soil and also in the plant tissue, the most notable effect of silicon is the reduction in the intensities of a number of plant diseases caused by biotrophic, hemibiotrophic and necrotrophic plant pathogens in many crops of great economic importance. The aim of this book is to summarize our current understanding of the effects of silicon on plant diseases. The chapters address the dynamics of silicon in soils and plants; the history of silicon in the control of plant diseases; the use of silicon to control soil-borne, seed-borne and foliar diseases in monocots and dicots; the mechanisms involved in the host resistance against infection by plant pathogens mediated by silicon as well as the current knowledge at the omics level, and finally, highlights and prospects for using silicon in the future.

Silicon and Plant Diseases

History of Silicon and Plant Disease

Lawrence E. Datnoff

Silicon in Soils and Plants

Brenda Servaz Tubaña

Silicon Control of Soil-borne and Seed-borne Diseases

Alessandro Antônio Fortunato

Silicon Control of Foliar Diseases in Monocots and Dicots

Fabrício Rodrigues

Silicon Potentiates Host Defense Mechanisms Against Infection by Plant Pathogens

Fabrício Rodrigues

Highlights and Prospects for Using Silicon in the Future

Lawrence Datnoff

Publish Date: 2015
Format: 6.5” × 9.5” hardcover
Pages: 148
Publication Weight: 2 lbs

Edited by Fabrício A. Rodriques and Lawrence E. Datnoff

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