TY - CHAP A1 - Alejandro B. Falcón-Rodríguez A2 - Guillaume Wégria A3 - Juan-Carlos Cabrera ED1 - Ali R. Bandani Y1 - 2012-04-11 PY - 2012 T1 - Exploiting Plant Innate Immunity to Protect Crops Against Biotic Stress: Chitosaccharides as Natural and Suitable Candidates for this Purpose N2 - Crop losses by pests (insects, diseases and weeds) are as old as plant themselves but as agriculture are intensified and cropping patterns including the cultivation of high yielding varieties and hybrids are changing over time the impact of the pests becoming increasingly important. Approximately less than 1000 insect species (roughly 600-800 species), 1500 -2000 plant species, numerous fungal, bacterial and nematode species as well as viruses are considered serious pests in agriculture. If these pests were not properly controlled, crop yields and their quality would drop, considerably. In addition production costs as well as food and fiber prices are increased. The current book is going to put Plant Protection approaches in perspective. BT - New Perspectives in Plant Protection SP - Ch. 7 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/36777 DO - 10.5772/36777 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-09-18 ER -