What is it about?

Anthracnose is a severe postharvest disease in chilli. Extensive application of synthetic fungicides is the main control measure adopting by farmers. Yet, harmful effects of this practice have led farmers' attention on eco-friendly approaches. Biological control using bacterial antagonists is a promising green approach which showed a remarkable anthracnose disease suppression in chilli.

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Why is it important?

Bacteria, antagonistic against the chilli anthracnose causal agent, C. truncatum were isolated from rhizosphere soil, a similar source where these would be applied. As these bacterial antagonists showed a remarkable disease suppression at several stages of chilli, a higher possibility in eradicating the economic loss due to this threat is at hand.


This article is a result of a great effort taken during my PhD research project. It's a great pleasure to mention here that this article elaborates effective approaches of chilli anthracnose management by bacterial antagonists and paves the way for novel disease management strategies. I hope this article may be a turning point in chilli anthracnose management.

Pavithra Sandani
University of Ruhuna

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This page is a summary of: Biocontrol potential of five Burkholderia and Pseudomonas strains against Colletotrichum truncatum infecting chilli pepper, Biocontrol Science and Technology, March 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/09583157.2019.1597331.
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