01 Apr Phage biocontrol and smart farming: synergy for preventing bacterial disease
The first attempts to use phages as plant protection agents date back to 1924 to treat Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris. However, the interest in phage biocontrol waned as soon as chemical biocides became readily available, had a broader range of applicability, were simpler to use and more reliable at that time. Now, phage biocontrol has regained an interest, driven by advances in biotechnology and by the general public and governments demand to find alternatives to chemicals.
Researchers from the Laboratory of Gene Technology of the Department of Biosystems of the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven (Belgium) presented an overview of the current knowledge on phage biocontrol in agriculture and explored its potential role in the framework of smart farming.
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