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Epidemiology and Plant Ecology: Principles and Applications

By: Jos Frantzen

172 pages, Figs, tabs

World Scientific Publishing

Hardback | Jul 2007 | #170688 | ISBN-13: 9789812705778
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The spatial aspects of epidemics have been a largely ignored feature of plant ecology, yet an understanding of the spatial dynamics of pathogens is essential to quantifying the impact of diseases on wild plants. Moreover, it may provide valuable information for the control of human diseases. This seminal work fulfills such a role by describing the basics of botanical epidemiology within the context of plant ecology. A variety of models are covered to estimate key parameters at both the individual plant and population levels, with emphasis on the value of spatial-temporal models in the evolutionary dynamics of pathogens. Practical methods are presented to validate these models, thus making this book accessible to theorists and empiricists alike.


Historical Background; Observation of Epidemics; Monocyclic Infection Process; Infection Cycle; Dispersal Process; Latent Period; Infectious Period; Contact Distribution; Resistance; Polycyclic Infection Processes; Host Density; Avoidance and Resistance; Evolutionary Dynamics of Pathogens; Trade-Off Model; Adaptive Dynamics; Modeling Spatial Dynamics of Pathogens; Reaction-Diffusion Models; Epidemic Model; Traveling versus Dispersive Wave; Insights from Modeling; Evolutionary Dynamics; Impact of Pathogens on Plants; Stress-Tolerating Plants; Ruderal Plants; Plant Competitors; Epidemic Competition Model; Matrix Population Models; Flexible Deterministic Models; Biological Weed Control; Weeds; Classical Approach; Bioherbicide Approach; System Management Approach.

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