Fungicides are biocidal chemical compounds or biological organisms used to kill or inhibit fungi or fungal spores.
Fungi can cause serious damage in agriculturere, resulting in critical losses of yield, uality, and in profit.
Plant diseases are best managed by integrating a number of control practices that may include: crop rotation, selection of disease-tolerant or disease-resistant crop cultivars (cultivars genetically less susceptible than other cultivars), time of planting, level of fertilization, micro-climate modification, sanitation, and application of fungicides.
Why are Fungicides Needed?
Diseases are a common occurrence on plants, often having a significant economic impact on yield and quality, thus managing diseases is an essential component of production for most crops. Broadly, there are three main reasons fungicides are used:
To control a disease during the establishment and development of a crop.
To increase productivity of a crop and to reduce blemishes. Diseased food crops may produce less because their leaves, which are needed for photosynthesis, are affected by the disease.
To improve the storage life and quality of harvested plants and produce. Some of the greatest disease losses occur post-harvest.
Fungicides are often a vital part of disease management as (a) they control many diseases satisfactorily, (b) cultural practices often do not provide adequate disease control, (c) resistant cultivars are not available or not accepted in the marketplace, and (d) certain high value crops have an extremely low tolerance for disease symptoms.
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