What is it about?

Bacteria that produce chitin-degrading enzymes can be used for controlling fungal and insect pest infections. Fungi and insect pests have chitinous cell walls and exoskeletons, respectively. We have reviewed the literature on this topic and describe the diversity of organisms that can degrade chitin and also strategies of crop protection and post-harvest disease control.

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Why is it important?

Methods that do not rely exclusively on chemical treatments to get rid of fungal pathogens and insect pests must be found in order to make agriculture more sustainable.


We hope that people who are interested in finding ways to make agriculture less dependent on chemical pesticides will consider more biological methods of pathogen and pest control.

Professor Ann M. Hirsch
University of California Los Angeles

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This page is a summary of: Chitinase-producing bacteria and their role in biocontrol, AIMS Microbiology, January 2017, American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS),
DOI: 10.3934/microbiol.2017.3.689.
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