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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:9, September, 2018

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(9): 1103-1112

Bacteriophages: A Potential Next Generation Biocontrol Tool for Plant Disease Management
P. Barua* and P.D. Nath
Department of Plant Pathology, Faculty of Agriculture, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat-785013, Assam, India
*Corresponding author

The biocontrol potential of the bacteriophages has been known to man since its discovery a century ago. Bacteriophage therapy or the use of bacteriophages for the management of bacterial diseases is a concept with a controversial past and hence, still an uncommon practice especially in the agricultural sector. However, in the present decade there has been a renewed interest and several successful researches owing to the better understanding of the phage biology and ecology by using modern techniques like the next generation sequencing and metagenomics. Moreover, the bacteriophages are a potential solution to mitigate the existing challenges like the emergence and re-emergence of pathogenic bacteria, development of multi drug resistant bacteria, environmental hazards due to over use of chemicals etc. This article gives an overview on the bacteriophages and their potential to utilize them in the field of agriculture with an aim to build up the interest of further research on it, especially in India to handle the bacterial diseases organically.

Keywords: Bacteriophage, Phage biology, Phage based biocontrol

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Barua, P. and Nath, P.D. 2018. Bacteriophages: A Potential Next Generation Biocontrol Tool for Plant Disease Management.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(9): 1103-1112. doi:
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