06 Set Phage-biocontrol of bacterial diseases presented to Belgian farmers
Crazy roots, fire blight, black rot: are not title of horror movies, but the name of plant diseases caused by bacteria. They pose seriuos problems in tomato, cucumber, eggplant, leek and cabbage cultivations and cause important economic losses. Because of the development of resistance and strict legislations on antibiotics use, only few control measures are currently available against bacterial disease. Possibly, biocontrol with phages could offer a solution. Phages are small viruses that attack and kill bacteria. ILVO and KU Leuven are collaborating to find ways to use phages for the control of bacterial diseases. In the article published in Boer&Tuinder, the agricultural journal of BoerenBond, researchers from ILVO and KU Leuven propose phage-biocontrol as a new control measure. Next, they answer some questions on the use of phage-biocontrol against crazy roots. Finally, the main results of a survey on the control of crazy roots in tomato, cucumber and eggplant in Flanders are shown.