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CHAPTER 7

Chemical Biotechnology for Plant Protection

Excessive use of traditional agrichemicals in crop protection has caused serious problems to our environment. Genetically modified (GM) crops from biotechnology can reduce the use of such chemicals and are attractive, but they have not gained widespread approval due to some ethical concerns. Plant activators are one kind of chemical biotechnology that offers a unique solution to this problem, in which crop protection is realized by initiating the plant's systemic acquired resistance (SAR) against a broad spectrum of diseases and pest invasions by adjusting some cascades or making some biological changes, including metabolism, or pathogen-related (PR) protein expressions. Ideally, a plant activator or its metabolites should display no antimicrobial activity in vitro and should be green plant protecting products. In this chapter, we give a brief introduction of the history, action mechanisms, current state of the art and an overview of future developments in chemical biology for plant protection.

Publication details

Print publication date
03 Jun 2015
Copyright year
2015
Print ISBN
978-1-84973-810-1
PDF eISBN
978-1-78262-012-9
ePub eISBN
978-1-78262-529-2

From the book series:
Green Chemistry Series