This book is the result of intensive work of 43 authors, all of whom are leading scientists in the Botrytis sciences. Each chapter describes a particular aspect of fungal biology and its impact on disease processes and host response. New technologies have arisen that when applied to long-standing problems or to test new hypotheses have been most rewarding and many of these are covered in this book. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach to integrate the state-of-the-art knowledge in all key areas of common interest in the fungi and their plant interactions. The book includes detailed reviews of Botrytis spp. and the diseases they cause in plant systems and provides a comprehensive description of these fungal necrotrophs, including their diversity of response to the environment, their speciation and relatedness, sources of variation for evolution and molecular genetics and genomics. Several innovative approaches for disease management of this group of destructive pathogens and methods of detection, epidemiological studies and chemical and biological control are also discussed.
From the contentsPreface.- Acknowledgements.- Contributors.- 1. Botrytis spp. and diseases they cause in agricultural systems ? an introduction.- 2: The Ecology of Botrytis on Plant Surfaces.- 3. Taxonomy and Genetic Variation of Botrytis and Botryotinia.- 4. Approaches to Molecular Genetics and Genomics of Botrytis.- 5. Morphology and Cellular Organisation in Botrytis Interactions with Plants.- 6. Signalling in Botrytis cinerea.- 7. Extracellular Enzymes and Metabolites Involved in Pathogenesis of Botrytis.- 8. Botrytis cinerea Perturbs Redox Processes as an Attack Strategy in Plants.- 9. Plant Defence Compounds against Botrytis Infection.- 10. Phytohormones In Botrytis-Plant Interactions.- 11. Detection, Quantification and Immunolocalisation of Botrytis species.- 12. Chemical Control of Botrytis and its Resistance to Chemical Fungicides.- 13. Microbial control of Botrytis spp.- 14. Epidemiology of Botrytis cinerea in Orchard and Vine Crops.- 15. Botrytis Species on Bulb Crops.- 16. Biology and Management of Botrytis spp. in Legume Crops.- 17. Epidemiology of Botrytis cinerea Diseases in Greenhouses.- 18. Rational Management of Botrytis-Incited Diseases: Integration of Control Measures and Use of Warning Systems.- 19. Post-Harvest Botrytis Infection: Etiology, Development and Management.- 20. Innovative Biological Approaches to Botrytis Suppression.
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