Plant Pathology Department


Date of this Version



Ann. Rev. Phytopathol. 1981. 19:167-87


Copyright © 1981 by Annual Reviews Inc.


In the past, tillage research on plant diseases was concerned primarily with practices that buried plant residues in single-crop production systems. The burial of plant debris to destroy pathogens is an ancient agricultural prac­ tice (34). Each crop was tested as a single entity, and most crop rotations were based on one crop per year. Interest in notill and conservation tillage systems and mUltiple cropping has increased in the past two decades be­ cause of the scarcity and increased cost of fossil fuels, periodic world food shortages, and the concern over soil erosion (73,110). These concerns are of such paramount importance in many countries that total crop production systems may have to be altered to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.