558 pages, B/w photos, illus
Including contributions from specialists with extensive experience in the field, this second edition features new chapters on pathogenic prokaryotes, soilborne pathogens, and host-pathogen interactions. It increases coverage of a number of molecular techniques-including real-time PCR methods for pathogen detection, AFLPs, and AGDIA methods-and insect vectoring of bacterial pathogens with potential control strategies. A more detailed discussion of disease diagnosis is also provided. An accompanying CD-ROM offers a wide range of full-colour illustrations to enhance understanding of concepts. Additional references and case studies have been added to the text.
There are many plant pathology textbooks on the market but few with this combination of features. It starts with basic introductory concepts then proceeds through the major groups of pathogens. These are interspersed with laboratory exercise chapters. Other chapters contain case studies, which illustrate the main text. There is a good glossary, and the index is reasonably comprehensive. It was very good to see a section on basics like proper use of stereo and compound microscopes. Tables and figures are all well set out and informative. The laboratory exercise chapters are well presented with sequences of experiments and procedures, lists of materials, anticipated results sections and questions. The text of the non-laboratory exercise chapters is informative, reads well and is sufficiently comprehensive without going into too much detail. The diagnostics chapter is adequate for beginners. As all chapters are adequately referenced with further suggested reading and sometimes websites, this should direct any reader requiring more detail. ! a good source of ideas and information for more bespoke course material to be developed, and the book comes with a CD with PowerPoint versions of the illustrations in the chapters, which are very useful for preparing lectures for such courses. ! Overall a very useful textbook. --Adrian Newton in Experimental Agriculture "The CRC Press has an enviable reputation for producing a varied succession of bestselling, yet often staid, reference books; however, this edition is attractive as well as instructive. Invaluable for anyone, even novices, it can re-educate the more experienced practitioner in current concepts and techniques. The bullet point summaries beginning the chapters on concepts link to the associated practical chapters. These are great fun and should encourage confidence to tackle more complex investigations later!" --Roland Fox, University of Reading
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