Submitted to: Biological Control News and Information(BNI)
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/27/2009
Publication Date: 6/1/2009
Citation: Wisniewski, M.E., Droby, S. 2009. Postharvest Biocontrol: Introspection and Paradigm Shifts, Biological Control News and Information(BNI). 30(2): 28N Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The use of postharvest biocontrol agents as an alternative to the synthetic, chemical fungicides on a widespread basis has many constraints. During the last twenty years, the field of postharvest biocontrol research has significantly grown and developed and seen the creation of several products. Despite these advances, however, numerous challenges still exist. This contibution discusses the field of postharvest biocontrol as it has developed over the past twenty years, defines the reasons that have limited its commercialization, and identify areas of new areas of research that need to be addressed. A new paradigm for biocontrol research is discussed that may provide a host of new opportunities for increasing the efficacy and consistency of biocontrol products.