Reduction in yield and quality due to pathogens is a constant concern for mushroom growers all over the world. In many countries, however, increasingly less chemical crop protection agents are available for use in mushroom cultivation and as a consequence, mushroom cultivation will lose this method to control diseases. Good hygiene management, early detection and monitoring of pathogens (diagnostics) and alternative crop protection agents play an increasing role, but still cannot prevent in all cases disease incidences. For the development and optimization of these alternatives, a good knowledge of pathogens is needed together with the availability of type strains for all species.
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