Phytobacteriology: Principles and Practice is a comprehensive manual of phytobacteriology and is rich in illustrations with over 200 colour photographs and line illustrations. It starts by briefly outlining the history and science of bacteriology and gives an overview of the diversity and versatility of bacteria. It goes on to explain diagnosis of bacterial plant diseases, including detection, characterization and identification of plant-pathogenic bacteria using conventional and molecular methods, and furthermore, how bacteria can cause disease and plants' reaction to this. It also discusses the epidemiology and economic importance of bacterial diseases and strategies for their prevention and control in order to reduce crop losses. Phytobacteriology: Principles and Practice concludes with some 50 examples of well and lesser known plant-pathogenic bacteria and the diseases that they cause.
1. Introduction to bacteriology and bacteria
2. Phytobacteriology and diagnosis of bacterial diseases of plants
3. Disease and symptoms caused by plant pathogenic bacteria
5. Damage and losses
6. Prevention and control of bacterial pathogens and diseases
7. Examples of bacterial diseases of cultivated and wild plants