Micronutrients and soil microorganisms in the suppression of potato common scab

Jan Kopecky, Daria Rapoport, Ensyeh Sarikhani, Adam Stovicek, Tereza Patrmanova, Marketa Sagova-Mareckova

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Nature-friendly approaches for crop protection are sought after in the effort to reduce the use of agrochemicals. However, the transfer of scientific findings to agriculture practice is relatively slow because research results are sometimes contradictory or do not clearly lead to applicable approaches. Common scab of potatoes is a disease affecting potatoes worldwide, for which no definite treatment is available. That is due to many complex interactions affecting its incidence and severity. The review aims to determine options for the control of the disease using additions of micronutrients and modification of microbial communities. We propose three approaches for the improvement by (1) supplying soils with limiting nutrients, (2) supporting microbial communities with high mineral solubilization capabilities or (3) applying communities antagonistic to the pathogen. The procedures for the disease control may include fertilization with micronutrients and appropriate organic matter or inoculation with beneficial strains selected according to local environmental conditions. Further research is proposed to use metagenomics/metabolomics to identify key soil– plant–microbe interactions in comparisons of disease-suppressive and-conducive soils.

Original languageEnglish
Article number383
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Antagonistic strains
  • Inoculation
  • Micronutrients
  • Mineral solubilization
  • Suppressive soils

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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