Advances in induced resistance by natural compounds: towards new options for woody crop protection

  • Eugenio Llorens University Jaume I; Dept. of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Pilar García-Agustín University Jaume I; Dept. of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Leonor Lapeña University Jaume I; Dept. of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Keywords: priming, enhanced resistance, pest management, induced systemic resistance, systemic acquired resistance

Abstract

The activation of defensive responses of plants is a promising tool for controlling pests in conventional agriculture. Over the last few years, several compounds have been studied to protect crops from pests, without displaying direct toxicity for pathogenic organisms. These compounds have the ability to induce a priming state on the plants that results in resistance (or tolerance) against subsequent infection by a pathogen. In terms of molecular response, induced plant defense involves a broad number of physical and biochemical changes such as callose deposition or phenolic compounds, activation of salicylic and/or jasmonic acid pathways or synthesis of defense-related enzymes. Despite the large number of studies performed to ascertain the physiological and biochemical basis of induced resistance, only a few resistance-activating compounds have been studied as a real alternative to classic means of control and the studies geared towards incorporating induced resistance into disease management programs are relatively rare. The incorporation of natural resistance inducer in pest management programs of woody crops, alone or in combination with classical methods, could be a reliable method for reducing the amount of chemical residues in the environment. In this review, we discuss the current knowledge of induced resistance in woody crops, focusing on the mode of action of compounds authorized for conventional agriculture. We conclude by discussing the environmental and economic advantages of applying resistance inducers to conventional agriculture with special emphasis on natural compounds.

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Published
2017-02-01
How to Cite
Llorens, E., García-Agustín, P., & Lapeña, L. (2017). Advances in induced resistance by natural compounds: towards new options for woody crop protection. Scientia Agricola, 74(1), 90-100. https://doi.org/10.1590/1678-992x-2016-0012
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Review