Review On Bacillus Species for Plant Pathogens as Versatile Weapons

1Rakesh Roshan Satpathy


Plant pathogens are the major threat for beneficial agricultural production. The three families of Bacillus lipopeptides - iturins, surfactins, and fengycins were primarily investigated for their antagonistic activity in a broad range of potential phytopathogens, including fungi, bacteria and oomycetes, in the frame of biological control of plant diseases. Chemical-based pesticides are currently considered to be reliable and an effective step for the control of agricultural pests. Chemical pesticides are vastly effective and suitable to use, but they pose a potential threat to the environment and life on earth of all kinds. The use of biological control agents for plant pathogens management is therefore considered as a more efficient and sustainable method for secure and beneficial agricultural productivity. In the field of biopesticides, biocontrol agents based on Bacillus plays a fundamental role. Many species of Bacillus have been shown to be effective against a wide range of plant pathogens. The goal of this paper is to present biocontrol potential of Bacillus species relative to their antagonizing characteristics to plant pathogens.


Lipopeptides, Bacillus species, colonization, systemic induced resistance, antibiotics.

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