The cucurbits are a very diverse group of plant species that form the plant family Cucurbitaceae. Collectively they make up a significant group of vegetables enjoyed the world over, and they comprise a rich genetic diversity responsible for significant contributions to disease and insect resistance. There has been a long-standing need for a comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date account of cucurbit diseases. This book is international in scope and practical in emphasis. It is designed to assist in the diagnosis of cucurbit diseases, whether in the field, the greenhouse, the laboratory, or the diagnostic clinic.
The compendium describes infectious diseases incited by fungi (diseases of subterranean parts, diseases of aerial parts, and pre- and postharvest fruit rots), bacteria, a phytoplasma, viruses, viroids, nematodes, and parasitic plants. The non-infectious disorders discussed include nutritional deficiencies and toxicities, herbicide injury, air pollution, bitter fruit due to cucurbitacins, guttation, moisture stress, temperature stress, pollination problems, and damage from arthropods (mites and insects). A section on postharvest handling is also included. Techniques for the use of a hand lens in the identification of diseases in the field are described in the final section of the text.
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