Environmental pollution resulting from widespread pesticide application has become a serious worldwide problem. Plant Pathogenesis and Disease Control is an important new reference that addresses this problem by exploring the biochemical and molecular mechanisms of plant pathogenesis and emphasizing the use of "pest control agents" rather than "pesticides" for plant disease control. Topics examined include pathogenicity, the resistance of plants against pathogens, the offensive and defensive struggle between hosts and parasites, methods for using natural defense mechanisms to develop environmentally sound disease control agents, and the use of modern biotechnology for plant disease control. The book will be an essential reference for phytopathologists, plant biochemists, pesticide chemists, mycologists, plant cell technologists, and agricultural researchers.
Introduction: Basic Principles for Plant Disease Control. Pathogens and Pathogenicity. Resistance of Plants Against Pathogens. Defense and Offense between Higher Plants and Microbes and the Mechanism. Disease Control Agents Based on Knowledge of Pathogenicity and Disease Resistance. Systemic Induced Resistance as a Tool for Disease Control. Biotechnology for Plant Disease Control. References. Index.