Tomato is the world's second most cultivated vegetable. During cultivation or post-harvest storage, it is susceptible to more than 200 diseases caused by an array of pathogenic fungi, nematodes, bacteria, and viruses. Although wide range of chemical pesticides are currently available to manage plant diseases, continuous application of pesticides not only affect the nutritional contents of tomato but also the texture or productivity of soil. In this context, plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) are one of the nature friendly, safe, and effective alternatives for the management of diseases and pathogens of tomato. Currently, numbers of microbes have been used as soil or plant inoculants in different plants including tomato as biocontrol. Besides disease inhibition, these inoculants also act as growth modulators. The present article describes the biocontrol potential of PGPB strains and mechanisms for the diseases management in tomato.
Keywords: Biocontrol; Disease management; Plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB); Tomato.