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Sustainable Management of Soil-borne Plant Diseases

Soil-borne diseases result from a reduction of biodiversity of soil organisms. Restoring beneficial organisms that attack, repel, or otherwise antagonize disease-causing pathogens will render a soil disease-suppressive. Plants growing in disease-suppressive soil resist diseases much better than in soils low in biological diversity. Beneficial organisms can be added directly, or the soil environment made more favorable for them through use of compost and other organic amendments. Compost quality determines its effectiveness at suppressing soil-borne plant diseases. Compost quality can be determined through laboratory testing.

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Date Of Record Release 2010-01-12 17:19:23
Description Soil-borne diseases result from a reduction of biodiversity of soil organisms. Restoring beneficial organisms that attack, repel, or otherwise antagonize disease-causing pathogens will render a soil disease-suppressive. Plants growing in disease-suppressive soil resist diseases much better than in soils low in biological diversity. Beneficial organisms can be added directly, or the soil environment made more favorable for them through use of compost and other organic amendments. Compost quality determines its effectiveness at suppressing soil-borne plant diseases. Compost quality can be determined through laboratory testing.
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Source National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA)
Keyword Plant diseases, Biological diversity, Biodiversity
Selector Bates
Date Of Record Creation 2010-01-12 17:03:45
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Date Last Modified 2010-01-12 17:26:36
Creator Preston Sullivan
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2010-01-12 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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