The first volume of the Integrated Management of Plant Pests and Diseases book series presents general concepts on integrated pest and disease management, organized in three sections. Section one (modeling, management, environment) includes chapters on infection models, resurgence and replacement, plant disease epidemiology and effects of climate change in tropical environments. Followed by two reviews on IPM in post-harvest and carrot crops. The second section (emerging technologies) includes remote sensing and information technology, integrated by reviews on Bacillus thuringiensis and the role of mycorrhizae in IPM. In the third section (molecular aspects) the management of insect-borne viruses with transmission interference, some novel products for biological control and advances in molecular detection, are discussed.
Introduction. 1. Application of Information Technology in IDM/IPM. 2. Soilborne disease management with Pseudomonas spp. 3. Management of plant diseases through remote sensing and related technologies. 4. Integrated management of insect borne viruses by means of transmission interference as an alternative to pesticides. 5. A review of infection models in disease management. 6. Management of postharvest diseases in fruit crops (sweet cherry, peach, nectarine, apple, pear). 7. A review on integrated pest and disease management using Bacillus-based biocontrol agents. 8. Concepts on genetic manipulation as a tool for IDM/IPS. 9. Plant disease epidemics in IDM. 10. Integrated Management of apple diseases. 11. General concepts in soil pests control in tropical environments. 12. General concepts and advances in the integrated/biological management of plant diseases through remote sensing and related technologies. 13. Concepts of siderophore application in integrated disease management and Rhamnolipid: a novel tensioactive compound for biocontrol application. 14. Mycorrhizae in plant disease management. 15. Pest outbreaks caused by resurgence and replacement. 16. The costs of chemical pest management: the case of Costa Rica. Index.
Dr Aurelio Ciancio is a research scientist at the Istituto per la Protezione delle Piante (former "Istituto di Nematologia Agraria"), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Bari, Italy, since July 1984, and leader of a research line within the Agro-food CNR Committee and Department. He was President of ONTA (Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America) for the years 2005-2006, and is Secretary of the Societa Italiana di Nematologia, and a member of several international scientific societies. Currently he is Vice President of the IFNC, International Federation of Nematological Societies, in charge of the Fifth International Congress of Nematology (Brisbane, Australia, July 2008). Dr Ciancio's research activities concern fundamental and applied aspects of biological control of plant parasitic nematodes, parasitology of invertebrates, soil microbiology and molecular biology, microbial modeling and detection of soil microorganisms. He has authored more than 100 national and international publications, he coordinated one EU-INCO project and participated in three other EU funded projects. He peer reviewed manuscripts for several scientific journals, including Biocontrol Science and Technology, the Canadian Journal of Zoology and the European Journal of Protistology. He also reviewed projects for NERC (Natural Environment Research Council, UK) and USDA. His research is actually funded through the EU, national and regional projects, aiming at the development of industrial products (natural and microbial nematocides) based on soil microorganisms. Professor K.G. Mukerji published 20 international books/volumes on various aspects of applied mycology, plant pathology and microbial ecology during 1980- 2005 with publishing houses such as Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, Marcel and Dekker, CRC Press Inc. and Springer Verlag. In addition 20 other books/volumes were published by reputed Indian publishers. Professor Mukerji has published over 600 research papers and he is on the editorial board of several national and international journals dealing with botany, mycology, plant pathology and biotechnology. More than 60 students received a PhD degree under his supervision. He is a member of several societies and associations concerning mycology, plant pathology and microbial ecology. Professor Mukerji is a distinguished mycologist and microbial ecologist and well reputed for his research contributions all over the world and a popular editor/writer for applied mycology, microbial ecology and plant pathology books. His books are used as reference books in the field all over the world.
From the reviews: "IPM/IDM (integrated pest management/integrated disease management) began in the 1960s as a movement to reduce the amount of pesticides in the environment and to develop sound, biologically based, integrated management strategies to control plant pests and diseases. ! Selected topics cover the relationships of IPM/IDM with advances in use of global positioning systems, the dynamics of global warming, application of information technology, deployment of gene management strategies, use of genetically modified hosts, and introduction of novel biological controls. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above." (R. Frederiksen, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (6), 2008)