By: HG Hewitt
221 pages, Figs, tabs
Pathogenic fungi cause damage to the world's crop production that is valued at many millions of dollars annually. The main means of control is through chemical fungicides, even though these may now be used as part of a more general strategy of integrated pest management, including biological control. New fungicides continue to be developed by agrochemical companies, especially when resistance from pathogens develops to existing formulations. There is therefore a continuing need for information on fungicides in crop protection. This book provides a concise review of fungicides and their application to crop protection. A feature is the provision of a perspective from manufacturing industry, including discussion of the global market for fungicides, and the discovery and development process. The perspectives of the farmer and the consumer are also considered. Other major topics addressed include fungicide mode of action, resistance and the use of biotechnology and natural products. The book is aimed at advanced undergraduates and graduate students in plant pathology, as well as advisors, extension workers and new recruits to the agrochemical industry.
"Crop losses to pathogenic fungi that cause disease are large. Although some plant diseases cannot be controlled chemically, there is a wide range of fungicides available and new ones continue to be developed. Thus a book that reviews the current status of fungicides is timely. The goal of the book is to provide a concise and balanced review of these fungicides and their uses and applications in crop protection. The main topics discussed include the fungicides market, how fungicides are discovered and developed, mechanisms of fungicide action, resistance to fungicides, biological plant diseases, legislation related to fungicides, and current trends in the types of fungicides used. The material in the book takes a conventional approach to pest control linked with an emphasis on structure and mechanisms of action of fungicides. These well-written and comprehensive sections are the main strength and appeal of this book."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
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