The damage to crops caused by fungal plant pathogens has required the use of range of antifungal control agents. Among pesticides used to protect crops, fungicides were perceived until recently as relatively safe. However, the 1986 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on pesticide residues on food indicated that fungicides pose more of a carcinogenic risk than insecticides and herbicides together. Furthermore, the use in crop protection of many synthetic fungicides that have various degrees of persistence has now been cautioned due to their carcinogenicity, teratogenicity and other residual toxicities. Several of the synthetic fungicides are reported to cause adverse effects on treated soil ecosystems because of their non-biodegradable nature.
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Citation: El-Khateeb AY, Elsherbiny EA, Tadros LK, Ali SM, Hamed HB (2013) Phytochemical Analysis and Antifungal Activity of Fruit Leaves Extracts on the Mycelial Growth of Fungal Plant Pathogens. J Plant Pathol Microb 4: 199.
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