Silicon fertilization as a sustainable approach to disease management of agricultural crops
Maryam Shahrtash 1, A-F  
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Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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Maryam Shahrtash   

Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, 38152, United States
Online publish date: 2018-12-03
Submission date: 2018-06-09
Acceptance date: 2018-11-06
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2018;58(4):317–320
Silicon (Si) is the second most abundant element present in the lithosphere, and it constitutes one of the major inorganic nutrient elements of many plants. Although Si is a nonessential nutrient element, its beneficial role in stimulating the growth and development of many plant species has been generally recognized. Silicon is known to effectively reduce disease severity in many plant pathosystems. The key mechanisms of Si-mediated increased plant disease resistance involve improving mechanical properties of cell walls, activating multiple signaling pathways leading to the expression of defense responsive genes and producing antimicrobial compounds. This article highlights the importance and applicability of Si fertilizers in integrated disease management for crops.
The authors have declared that no conflict of interests exist.
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