1st Edition

Plant Pathology and Disease Management Principles and Practices

    This book introduces the nature, causes and impact of plant diseases. It briefly describes the history of plant pathology as a scientific discipline and introduces the disease cycle as the key tool for understanding disease development and devising appropriate management strategies.

    It addresses the mechanisms of pathogenicity and immunity. It explores the biology of the interactions between plants and plant pathogens from the cellular level to the population level, with the chapter addressing epidemiology. The book then concerns the approaches we can take to alleviate the effects of plant pathogens.

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    About the Authors

    1 Introduction

    2 History of Plant Pathology

    3 Symptoms of Plant Diseases

    4 Characters and Structures of Fungi and Related Organisms

    5 Asexual Reproduction in Fungi and Chromista

    6 Sexual Reproduction in Fungi and Chromista

    7 Taxonomy of Plant Pathogenic Fungi and related Eukarya

    8 Protozoa

    9 Chromista

    10 Fungi: Chitridiomycota

    11 Fungi: Zygomycota

    12 Fungi: Ascomycota

    13 Fungi: Basidiomycota

    14 Bacteria

    15 Mollicutes

    16 Virus

    17 Viroids

    18 Phanerogamic Parasites

    19 Algal Plant Parasites

    20 Pathogenesis - Infection Process

    21 Pathogenesis - Role of Enzymes, Toxins and Growth Regulators

    22 Survival of Plant Pathogens

    23 Liberation of Plant Pathogens

    24 Plant Disease Epidemiology

    25 Plant Disease Forecasting

    26 Disease Survey, Surveillance and Assessment

    27 Plant Defence

    28 Seed Health Testing

    29 Remote Sensing in Plant Disease Detection

    30 Principles of Plant Disease Management

    31 Integrated Disease Management

    32 Host-Plant Resistance

    33 Regulatory Methods

    34 Cultural Methods

    35 Physical Methods

    36 Biotechnological Methods

    37 Biological Methods

    38 Chemical Methods

    39 Methods of Application of Chemical Fungicides

    40 Formulations and Compatibility

    41 Plant Protection Appliances

    42 Pesticides Spraying Calibrations


    S. Parthasarathy; Assistant Professor (Plant Pathology), Amrita School of Agricultural Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, India 

    P. Lakshmidevi; Teaching Assistant (Plant Pathology), Institute of Agriculture, Kumulur, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India

    V.K. Satya; Assistant Professor (Plant Pathology), Agricultural Engineering College & Research Institute, Kumulur, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India 

    C. Gopalakrishnan; Professor (Plant Pathology), Department of Plant Pathology, Centre for Plant Protection Studies, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India