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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2019.8(8): 1613-1617

A Review - Biocontrol Agent: A Boon for Sustainable Agriculture
Rajesh Kumari1*, Govind Kumar Bagri3, Rahul Kumar Sharma1, Mohammad Akram1, Arshad Husain2 and Irsad1
1Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh-202002, India
2Department of Plant Pathology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur-208002, India
3Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, IAS, BHU, Varanasi-221005, India
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The rapidly increasing population is exerting immense pressure on agricultural lands for higher crop yields, which results in increasing use of chemical fertilizers. That’s why fungicides are widely used in agricultural crop production system for quick result and to ensure crop quality and production. However, the indiscriminate use of agrochemicals resulted in adverse effect on the soil fertility, quality of produce, crop productivity and cause adverse effects to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem. This Negative environmental impact of artificial fertilizers and their increasing costs, emphasizes the need to adopt eco-friendly agricultural practices for food production to maintain sustainable agriculture. Microorganisms have a vital role in agriculture as they not only reduce application and reliance on synthetic pesticides but also promote the exchange of plant nutrients which are very much essential for healthy growth and development of plant. Antagonist microorganism as biocontrol agents secreted substances which protect the plants against various pathogens, thus suppressing diseases by different mechanisms of action, induction of host resistance and direct antagonistic interactions between the biocontrol agent and the pathogen, leading to a more efficient use of biocontrol strategies to improve cropping systems.

Keywords: Biological agents, Sustainable agriculture, Plant diseases, Management, Growth and biomass, Plant content, Yield attributes
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Rajesh Kumari, Govind Kumar Bagri, Rahul Kumar Sharma, Mohammad Akram, Arshad Husain and Irsad. 2019. A Review - Biocontrol Agent: A Boon for Sustainable Agriculture.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 8(8): 1613-1617. doi: