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Antibiotic Use for Plant Disease Management in the United States

Patricia S. McManus, Virginia O. Stockwell

27 March 2001


Streptomycin and oxytetracycline have been used on crop plants for 45 years and 25 years, respectively, without reports of adverse effects on humans. Their efficacy for control of plant diseases has been diminished in some regions due to the emergence of resistant pathogens. However, until effective and economic alternatives become available, antibiotics will remain important in the management of devastating plant diseases.


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