Broadly divided into two parts, the text opens by placing plant disease in context, showing how disease may cause a catastrophic loss of crops. Pathogens are then discussed alongside epidemiology and the measurement of disease severity and its relation to yield and inoculum control. The second part examines host–pathogen interactions and symptoms caused by altered plant growth regulator metabolism. Finally, the book looks at how the health of crops may be improved through the continuing development of control measures that are environmentally responsible.
- An accessible introduction, including coverage of the molecular biology of plant disease.
- Includes many examples and applications throughout, along with full colour photographs.
- A diverse selection of case studies provided along with a detailed glossary
1. The Causal Agents of Plant Disease: Identity and Impact.
2. The Detection and Diagnosis of Plant Pathogens and the Diseases They Cause.
4. The Measurement of Inoculum and Disease Severity and Their Effect on Crop Yields.
5. Inoculum Control.
6. Locating, Penetrating and Colonising the Host.
7. Subverting the Metabolism of the Host.
8. Killing the Host the Role of Toxins.
9. The Plant Fights Back 1. Constitutive Defence Mechanisms.
10. The Genetics of Compatibility and Incompatibility.
11. The Plant Fights Back 2. Active Defence Mechanisms.
12. Control of the Disease Process.
"...well composed with many figures...can be well recommended to students and young researchers..." (Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol 161, 2004)
"... provides a comprehensive coverage...illustrated by many examples.." (EPPO Reporting Service, 1st July 2004. No. 06)
"...excellent glossary and index...over 1000 references...I fully recommend its purchase..." (Plant Pathology, Vol. 53, No.5, October 2004)
"...recommended..." (Phytopathology, Vol 153 (126) 2005)