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About this book
About this book
Water is the solvent for metabolic processes, it participates directly in many biochemical reactions and has a vital skeletal function. It also plays a key role in the behaviour and spread of fungi. The chapters of this book give a broad perspective on this vast subject. The contributions were all written by acknowledged experts in their field, and subjects of great practical importance are discussed. The bio-deterioration of plant products, such as foodstuffs, grain and timber, the relationship between weather patterns and the likelihood of disease epidemics and the characteristics of pathogenic and mycorrhizal fungi, are described. Overall the book provides a physiological basis that unites the different aspects of the subject area, which had previously been studied in isolation from each other.
Reissue of a book first published in 1986.
Contributors; Preface; Note on terminology and abbreviations: 1. Basic principles of cell and tissue water relations R. I. Papendick and D. J. Mulla; 2. Water, turgor and osmotic potentials of fungi D. Eamus and D. H. Jennings; 3. Water relations of sclerotia and other infective structures R. C. Cooke and A. M. Al-Hamdani; 4. Water availability and fungal reproduction: patterns of spore production, liberation and dispersal J. Lacey; 5. Spore dispersal in splash droplets B. D. L. Fitt and H. A. McCartney; 6. The zoospore and its problems M. J. Carlile; 7. Water relations and pathogen activity in soil J. M. Duniway and T. R. Gordon; 8. Epidemiological significance of liquid water in crop canopies and its role in disease forecasting D. J. Royle and D. R. Butler; 9. Water stress predisposition to disease - and overview D. F. Schoenweiss; 10. Drought, irrigation and fungal diseases of tropical crops J. M. Waller; 11. Interaction of host stress and pathogen ecology on Phytophthora infection and symptom expression in nutrient film-grown tomatoes M. Holderness and G. F. Pegg; 12. Phytoalexins, water stress and stomata C. M. Willmer and A. M. Plumbe; 13. Movement of liquid water and the effects of fungal infection H. G. Jones; 14. Effects of root pathogens on plant water relations R. Hall; 15. Foliar pathogens alter the water relations of their hosts with consequences for both host and pathogen P. G. Ayres and N. D. Paul; 16. Water relations of mycorrhizal fungi and their adaptation to the environment P. Dowding; 18. Water and the origins of decay in trees A. D. M. Rayner; 19. Post-harvest spoilage of fruits and vegetables C. Dennis; 20. Water and the ecology of fungi in stored products G. Ayerst; 21. Water and decomposition processes in terrestrial ecosystems Lynne Boddy; Index.