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Soilborne Diseases of Tropical Crops

Edited By: R J Hillocks and J M Waller

CABI Publishing

Hardback | Jul 1997 | #57481 | ISBN: 0851991211
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Soilborne diseases have, until recently, received less attention than plant diseases affecting the shoot and foliage. However, this is not a reflection of their economic importance, but rather of difficulties in investigating and detecting pathogens below soil level. Many soilborne diseases are stress related and it is in the tropics where crop growth is particularly limited by environmental stress, predisposing crops to infection by these pathogens. This books aims to fill a gap in the literature, and reviews relevant research, covering the major tropical crops, with chapters on principles, ecology and control.

"This recent volume should be a welcome addition to the literature on tropical plant diseases as this subject has not yet been covered in any comprehensive way. After introductory surveys on the importance of soilborne diseases in the tropics and the methodology for their study, eleven chapters are dedicated to individual crops . . . or groups of crops . . . To their credit, the editors maintain uniform format and style from chapter to chapter, allowing one to browse through the volume. The contributors consistently provide an updated and comprehensive overview of their subjects. . . . I would highly recommend this book as a good recent overview of soilborne plant diseases and of the challenges and opportunities for future research. It should also be helpful to graduate students in plant pathology and related disciplines."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
"Research workers from countries including the UK, USA, Australia, Israel and India provide reviews of relevant research cove


General introduction: importance of soilborne diseases in tropical agriculture; field and laboratory methods. Soilborne diseases of crops: sugarcane; cereal crops; root and tuber crops; banana and plantains; food legumes; cotton and other tropical fibres; vegetable crops; annual oilseed crops; coconut and other palms; coffee, cocoa and tea; rubber. Ecology and control: associations between soilborne pathogens and other rhizosphere organisms; abiotic factors and soilborne disease; effect of cultivation practice and cropping system on soilborne diseases; chemical and biological control; host plant resistance and integrated control.

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