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Published in Scientific Papers. Series B, Horticulture, Volume LXI
Written by Steliana RODINO, Marian BUTU, Gina FIDLER, Ancuța MARIN, Alina BUTU

Development of disease resistance to conventional pesticides and environmental contamination problems created pressure on farmers to adopt new strategies for disease control in the production of vegetables. In addition, consumers demand to minimize pesticide residues in food products is forcing the growers and the pesticide producing companies to formulate and develop alternatives to the contentious inputs currently marketed. Products obtained from biologically active compounds extracted from plants will play an increasingly important role in crop protection strategies. Exploiting antimicrobial substances from plants that inhibit or halt the reproduction of pathogenic microbes, would become a more realistic and ecological method for the integrated management of plant diseases with the final goal of reducing or gradually phasing out contentious inputs without compromising the competitiveness of the organic sector. Obtaining, identifying, testing and physicochemical characterization of biologically active compounds with action to combat microbial diseases in vegetable crops shows both originality and complexity of activities proposed in the research work. The present study provides an overview of the current state of external inputs use and proposes a solution to the stricter European standards, by a systemic approach of biotechnological sciences and agricultural sciences, with immediate applicability of the obtained results in farm practices.

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