Homeopathy for the control of plant pathogens

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Homeopathy for the control of plant pathogens

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Science against microbial pathogens: communicating current research and technological advances

Homeopathy for the control of plant pathogens
M. V.Toledo1, J. R. Stangarlin2 and C. M. Bonato3

1EMATER, Empresa Paranaense de Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural, Rua Pastor Mayer 759, CEP 85960-000, Marechal Cândido Rondon, Paraná, Brazil
2Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná – UNIOESTE, Rua Pernambuco 1777, Caixa Postal 91, CEP 85960-000, Marechal Cândido Rondon, Paraná, Brazil. E-mail: jrstangarlin@pq.cnpq.br
3Universidade Estadual de Maringá - UEM, Avenida Colombo 5790, CEP 87020-900, Maringá – PR, Brazil

Homeopathic science was designed by German physician Christian Fredrich Samuel Hahnemann for over 200 years and it is based mainly in the law of similar (Similia Similibus Curantur). Currently, this science is being used in various segments of agriculture, especially in the area of plant protection. For its contribution on the auto regulation of the soil- plant-atmosphere system, the homeopathy can assist in the maintenance process of the plants health for its tonic effect and/or by inhibition effect directly on the pathological agents. Moreover, homeopathy is a low cost alternative to chemical fungicides, easy to use by farmers and how it is used in high dilutions, presenting an irrelevant environmental impact. So, this review aims to demonstrate the potential of homeopathy as a tool to control plant pathogens and its contribution for a sustainable agriculture.

Keywords homeopathy; alternative control; plant pathogens 1. Introduction