Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/11/2018
Publication Date: 4/11/2018
Citation: Bakker, M.G. 2018. Plants get sick too! [abstract].
Technical Abstract: Although many people may never have given consideration to plant health, plants can suffer from a wide range of diseases. These plant diseases are caused by micro-organisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The audience will be introduced to short case studies of several plant diseases that may impact our daily lives. Fusarium head blight disease of wheat and barley will be discussed in detail, including the related hazard of mycotoxins accumulating in grain. The concept of the microbiome of a plant will be introduced, together with a summary of current research efforts to limit Fusarium head blight and reduce mycotoxin contamination via microbiome management.