The study of plant bacteriology has led to countless novel findings and advances benefitting medicine and biotechnology as well as horticulture and agriculture. Our understanding of plant bacteriology has reached a point where it is fitting to integrate its concepts and ideas into an essential reference and textbook. Plant Bacteriology provides fundamental knowledge every plant scientist and student of plant pathology should know, including important historical events that gave birth to the field as well as its recent advances. Plant Bacteriology will serve as a comprehensive resource for graduate students, professors, epidemiologists, diagnosticians and extension specialists.
The author, renowned educator and bacteriologist Clarence Kado, has organized Plant Bacteriology to help the reader understand the emergence of this science. He includes a brief historical account of microbiology that led to the field of plant bacteriology and weaves in discussions of how bacterial pathogens evolved, and how these pathogens are currently classified. This sets a firm base of understanding for the core chapters that follow. Plant Bacteriology clearly illustrates the symptoms caused by bacteria in a way that facilitates comprehension of the many different types of plant diseases that they cause. Each symptom type is presented with a detailed example of a causal agent and its characteristics, diagnostics, and mechanisms of virulence and pathogenicity.
Kado also includes an extended discussion on the molecular mechanisms of virulence and a chapter on epidemiology and disease control, giving the reader a current-day understanding of these important concepts. His vision for the future of plant bacteriology and the developments to expect soon will be of interest to all who read this much-anticipated book.
Chapter 1: Historical Development of Plant Bacteriology
Chapter 2: Evolution of Bacterial Pathogens
Chapter 3: Classification of Plant-Pathogenic Bacteria
Chapter 4: Symptoms Caused by Plant-Pathogenic Bacteria
Chapter 5: Rapid Necrotizing Diseases
Chapter 6: Macerative Diseases and Their Pathogens
Chapter 7: Vascular Wilt Diseases and Their Pathogens
Chapter 8: Hyperplastic Overgrowth Diseases
Chapter 9: Asymptomatic and Latent Infections
Chapter 10: Molecular Mechanisms of Virulence and Pathogenesis
Chapter 11: Epidemiology and Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases
Chapter 12: Future Prospects in Plant Bacteriology
" [...] an excellent introduction to plant bacteriology [...] a desirable addition to any academic or research library which deals with plant pathology. The book's clear and concise writing style will ensure that it will serve as a useful reference for years to come."
– Journal of Agriculture and Food Information
"Full-colored photographs illustrate this studious, meticulously researched and detailed text [...] a powerful introduction covering the basics for any college-level collection strong in botanical studies."
– The Midwest Book Review
" [...] the author has achieved in an excellent manner [...] everybody who will read this book will obtain a tremendous load of information concerning the field of plant diseases caused by bacteria, mycoplasma, and phytoplasma-like organisms. The author and the APS Press merit warm congratulations and thanks for providing this excellent book to the community of plant pathology scientists. I strongly recommend this excellent book to all life sciences and agricultural libraries as it will stimulate research in plant pathology and plant breeding communities of researchers."
– Journal of Plant Protection Research