Soil solarization to control tomato bacterial diseases

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Sustainable heat-based techniques and exploiting solar energy, are promoted worldwide for the eradication of plant pathogenic fungi, weeds and nematodes. Agronomists Castello et al. showed for the first time that soil solarization with innovative films can also be a sustainable option for growers, especially in the Mediterranean basin, to control effectively the natural infections caused by phytopathogenic bacteria on greenhouse tomatoes.

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