Submitted to: Postharvest News
Publication Type: Review article
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/5/1995
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Public concern over food safety has enhanced interest to find effective alternatives to pesticides to control postharvest diseases of fruits and vegetables. This includes synthetic fungicides for the control of postharvest diseases of fruits and vegetables. Recently, biological control has been advanced as an alternative to synthetic fungicides and considerable success has been realized utilizing antagonistic microorganisms to control postharvest diseases. Using a broad definition of biological control, several approaches that include the use of: (1) antagonistic microorganisms, (2) natural plant and animal-derived fungicides, (3) and induced resistance are available for developing safer technologies for postharvest disease control. This paper presents an overview of the different biological approaches and explores new avenues of research that could pave the way for the development of safer technology ypostharvest disease control.