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Management of the greenhouse microclimate in relation to disease control: a review

Abstract : The microclimate of the greenhouse when considered as a relatively homogeneous entity is well understood, and there are models of crop growth, and environmental parameters that enable expert decision-support systems to be derived, and automatic environment controls affecting productivity to be designed. However, the microbial microclimate of pathogens in the boundary layer on the phylloplane is poorly understood, and disease escape measures are not yet incorporated into automatic environment control systems. Because biocontrol microorganisms necessarily inhabit the same ecological niche as microbial pathogens, describing environments on the phylloplane that encourage biological control without also enhancing pathogenesis presents very difficult engineering challenges. This review examines the dilemmas in designing environments that maximise productivity, encourage disease escape, and permit biological control.
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Thomas Jewett, William Jarvis. Management of the greenhouse microclimate in relation to disease control: a review. Agronomie, EDP Sciences, 2001, 21 (4), pp.351-366. ⟨10.1051/agro:2001129⟩. ⟨hal-00886123⟩



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