2nd Edition

Tomato Diseases Identification, Biology and Control: A Colour Handbook, Second Edition

By Dominique Blancard Copyright 2013
    688 Pages 900 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    688 Pages 900 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Following the successful first edition, this revised and greatly expanded edition Tomato Diseases: Identification, Biology and Control is the definitive work on the diseases and disorders of the tomato. The tomato is the world’s most widely produced vegetable. The number of diseases affecting the tomato is enormous: hundreds of bio-aggressors, more than 50 non-parasitic diseases, plus new and alarmingly frequent emerging diseases.

    Despite considerable progress to curb these diseases, they remain a constant threat to crops, often causing considerable damage. In such a context, the identification, detection, knowledge and control of these diseases—symptoms often can be very similar—are challenges that this book will help overcome. Containing more than 900 color photos, the book consists of two main parts.

    The first is designed as a diagnostic tool, allowing the reader to alternate between the observation of the diseased plant, environmental questions, and the prioritization of differential diagnoses. The second part comprises numerous information sheets detailing the characteristics of most tomato pathogens, geographic distribution, impact on production, types of symptoms, and life history of the plant. This section also describes the range of plant protection and disease resistance measures currently available.

    This unique volume is a comprehensive overview of the latest scientific knowledge on parasitic and non-parasitic tomato diseases worldwide. It will address the needs of tomato producers and keen gardeners, as well as those of researchers, teachers and their students.

    Foreword (John Warner Scott), Acknowledgements, Introduction, How to use this book, The tomato plant and its culture, Diagnosis of parasitic and nonparasitic diseases, Principal characteristics of pathogenic agents and methods of control, Resistance to diseases and pests in tomato, Glossary, Main works of reference, Index


    Dominique Blancard

    "… hugely impressive in its coverage, and also in the extensive use of over 900 high-quality colour images and diagrams to help the reader in their identification of diseases, such that I wanted to go out and look at some tomato plants to see what I could spot on them. … provides an excellent and comprehensive guide to tomato diseases. The detail, both in the text and in the figures, diagrams and tables, is impressive and I am sure that the book will be an invaluable reference for those who need or want to know more about diseases of tomato and how best to manage them."
    —Matt Dickinson, University of Nottingham, UK, in Plant Pathology (2013) 62, 1193