This work provides information on the detection, identification, and differentiation of all microbial plant pathogens - presenting modern protocols for rapid diagnosis of diseases based on biological, physical, chemical and molecular properties. It contains methods for the selection of disease-free seeds and vegetatively propagated planting materials and quarantine techniques for screening newly introduced plant materials.
"From the Foreword. . . . . .The coverage is comprehensive and the subject has been dealt with in an authoritative manner. . . .We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Dr. Narayanasamy for this labour of love.
---M. S. Swaminathan Chairman, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation Holder of the UNESCO Chair of Eco-technology, Chennai, India Praise for the previous edition. . .
". . .a valuable overview on recent detection and typing methods. . ..an important aid for familiarization and extension of one's knowledge."
---Journal of Phytopathology (1999)
". . .a diversity of information and techniques in a compact and handy format."
". . .a valuable book."
---Journal of Plant Physiology (1998)
Characteristics of pathogenic microbes; symptoms of plant diseases; dissemination of plant pathogens; cross-protection; chemodiagnostic methods; electron microscopy; serodiagnostic methods; nucleic acid-based techniques; detection of double-stranded RNAs; diagnosis and monitoring of plant diseases.