Biological Control of Weeds with Mycoherbicides in the Age of Genomics

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Mycoherbicides offer an innovative approach to the management of weeds in disturbed environments using formulated fungal phytopathogens. The efficacy of these mycoherbicides could be improved in the future through the application of genomics (the study of genes and their interactions) to both the target and the biological control agent. In this review, an update is given on approaches to genetic enhancements of mycoherbicides and how a knowledge of, and recent advances in, genomics could be used to improve this process. Specific examples are given of novel approaches that could be used. Genetic modification of mycoherbicidal agents has been shown to be possible, but caution is warranted in terms of public perception and the acceptance of these approaches in the wider community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalPest Technology
Issue numberSpecial Issue 1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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