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1st Edition

Management of Nematode and Insect-Borne Diseases

ISBN 9781560221340
Published February 25, 2008 by CRC Press
308 Pages

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Book Description

A comprehensive resource for students and researchers

Management of Nematode and Insect-Borne Plant Diseases examines the various aspects of disease control from an international perspective. Leading academics and researchers around the world address the microbial control of insect pests, the use of nematophagous fungi and biofumigation in the control of plant-parasitic nematodes, the use of genetically manipulated microbes, and the biology and control of vectors.

Management of Nematode and Insect-Borne Plant Diseases provides detailed descriptions of the management of diseases caused by insects and by plant-parasitic nematodes. This unique book includes in-depth examinations of the use of arthropod microbial control agents; the biology and control of bacteria; the use of living and synthetic mulches; the genetic transformation of microbial control agents; the integrated use of different control options; the use of nematophagus fungi as a control agent; the use of biofumigation; potato early dying complex; host/plant resistance; and RNAi silencing. Each chapter is written by an experienced scientist in that specific field to produce a single reference resource.

Management of Nematode and Insect-Borne Plant Diseases includes:

  • the latest research on the development of microbial control agents against insect and mite pests
  • up-to-date theory on the management of the vectors and disease in fruit and nut crops
  • the use of mulches in the control of homopteran pests
  • an overview of the microbial control of insect pests
  • a look at the increasing role of biological control agents
  • an examination of nematode resistance in vegetable crops
  • a historical background of RNAi, its biology, and its function in the eukaryotic system
  • and much more

Management of Nematode and Insect-Borne Plant Diseases is a comprehensive professional resource for botanists, agriculturalists, environmental scientists, biologists, zoologists, ecologists, entomologists, plant pathologists, horticulturalists, plant protection scientists, and biotechnologists.

Table of Contents

  • About the Editors
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Microbial Control of Insect Pests of Tree Fruit (Steven P. Arthurs and Lawrence A. Lacey)
  • Introduction
  • Overview of Microbial Control in Tree Fruit Orchards
  • Coleoptera
  • Homoptera
  • Lepidoptera
  • Other Arthropods
  • Future Prospects
  • Chapter 2. Biology and Control of Vectors of Xylella fastidiosa in Fruit and Nut Crops (J. D. Dutcher and G. W. Krewer)
  • Introduction
  • Resources
  • Biology
  • Cultural Control
  • Chemical Control
  • Biological Control
  • Integrated Management
  • Chapter 3. Synthetic and Living Mulches for Control of Homopteran Pests and Diseases in Vegetables (Oscar E. Liburd and Daniel L. Frank)
  • Introduction
  • Aphids
  • Silverleaf Whiteflies
  • Aphid and Whitefly Diseases
  • Management of Aphids and Whiteflies
  • Economics
  • Chapter 4. The Potential of Genetically Enhancing the Microbial Control of Insect and Plant Disease Pests (Wayne A. Gardner, Maria Nenmaura Gomes Pessoa, and Ericka Scocco)
  • Introduction
  • Entomopathogens
  • Biocontrol Agents for Plant Diseases
  • Transgenic Plants Expressing Bacillus thuringiensis Toxins
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Control and Management of Plant Parasitic Nematodes (Franco Lamberti, Nicola Greco, and Alberto Troccoli)
  • Introduction
  • Known Plant-Parasitic Nematodes
  • Factors Affecting Selection of Control Methods
  • Future Trends
  • Chapter 6. Nematophagous Fungi As Biocontrol Agents of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes (Geeta Saxena)
  • Introduction
  • Nematophagous Fungi
  • Predatory Fungi As Biocontrol agents
  • Endoparasites As Biocontrol Agents
  • Parasites of Cyst Nematodes As Biocontrol Agents
  • Parasites of Root-Knot Nematodes As Biocontrol Agents
  • Integrated Nematode Management
  • Molecular Approaches
  • Conclusion
  • Chapters 7. Biofumigation to Manage Plant-Parasitic Nematodes (Antoon Ploeg, José-Antonio López-Pérez, and Antonio Bello)
  • Introduction
  • Mechanism
  • Studies Involving Nematodes
  • Conclusion and Outlook
  • Chapter 8. Potato Early Dying Complex: Key Factors and Management Practices (Nandita Selvanathan)
  • Introduction
  • Symptoms
  • Role of Biotic Factors in Disease Development
  • Environmental Factors
  • Control/Management Factors
  • Future Prospects
  • Chapter 9. Nematode Resistance in Vegetable Crops (Philip A. Roberts)
  • Introduction
  • Vegetable Crops
  • Major Nematode Pests
  • Strategies for Breeding Resistant Cultivars
  • Examples of Resistance in Vegetable Crops
  • Resistance in Nematode Management Programs
  • Chapter 10. RNAi: A Novel Approach to the Management of Insect- and Nematode-Borne Diseases (Tony Grace and Ginny Antony)
  • Introduction
  • Historical Background
  • Mechanism of RNAi
  • Biological Functions
  • RNAi for Insect-Vectored Viral Diseases of Plants
  • Genetic Engineering of Plants for Virus Resistance
  • RNAi for Functional Genomics
  • RNAi for Nematode Management
  • Designing Silencing Triggers for RNAi
  • Conclusion
  • Index
  • References

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"… All contributing authors have been deeply involved in development and pioneering of sustainable agriculture practices, research and education. … This book is a highly valuable reference to pathologists, entomologists, nematologists, agriculture and horticulture researchers and students especially working on the management of insect- and nematode-borne diseases."

—E. Dubas, in Acta Physiol Plant, 2008