Chemical stimulation of phytoalexin synthesis in plants as an approach to crop protection

P Jeandet, M Adrian, A. C Breuil, M Sbaghi, J. M Joubert, L. A Weston, R Harmon, R Bessis

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The development of new approaches to grapevine disease control through the chemical stimulation of phytoalexin synthesis is reviewed with reference to the literature concerning phytoalexins from the Vitaceae, the chemical stimulation of phytoalexin (resveratrol) synthesis in grapevines and in other plants, and the induction mechanism of resveratrol synthesis in grapevine cells. The results discussed indicate that stimulation of grapevine defence mechanisms, i.e. phytoalexin biosynthesis, can increase the resistance of the plant to Botrytis cinerea infection in the vineyard. The use of elicitors of natural defence responses offers novel opportunities for biological control and crop protection
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Title of host publicationRecent Research Developments in Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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