Submitted to: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/1/2005
Publication Date: 11/1/2007
Citation: Navarre, D.A. 2007. Inducible plant defenses: prospects for disease and stress control. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 186-194.
Interpretive Summary: This chapter discusses how taking advantage of plant inducible defenses can benefit agriculture by improving both disease resistance and stress tolerance. As this new technology matures, it will likely offer novel solutions for agricultural proglems.
Technical Abstract: One approach to improve disease resistance in plants and reduce pesticide usage is to take advantage of the plant's inducible defenses. These defenses can be activated by spraying with compounds such as salicylic acid and are an environmentally friendly means of disease control. Although there are numerous examples of inducible defenses being used commercially for disease control, much still has to be learned in order to most effectively use this technology.