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Greatly Expanded Cucurbit Compendium Includes 320 High-Quality Images

St. Paul, MN (June 2017)—In the 20 years since APS PRESS published the first edition of Compendium of Cucurbit Diseases, worldwide production of watermelon, cucumber, melon, and squash has roughly doubled. In the new second edition of Compendium of Cucurbit Diseases and Pests, editors T. P. Keinath, W. M. Wintermantel, and T. A. Zitter provide the latest diagnostic and management information on diseases of all cultivated cucurbits, plus major insect and mite pests, abiotic disorders, and diseases and disorders with unknown etiology.

This revised and greatly expanded compendium is packed with new offerings:

  • Updated diagnostic and management recommendations for established diseases caused by fungi and oomycetes, bacteria, phytoplasmas, viruses, nematodes, and parasitic plants
  • Coverage of insect and mite pest damage and management
  • Cultural management practices that both conventional and organic producers can apply to their crops
  • Useful information on noninfectious disorders, such as air pollution, herbicide injury, nutritional disorders, temperature stress, and more
  • Topical discussions on foodborne pathogens, cucurbit nutrition, seed health testing, postharvest handling, and more
  • Tables summarizing diagnostic information for foliar diseases, vine declines, and fruit rots, allowing users to diagnose plant diseases that have similar symptoms
  • 320 images capture all manner of symptoms and signs, allowing for more accurate diagnosis

Compendium of Cucurbit Diseases and Pests, Second Edition remains international in scope and practical in emphasis. It is a valuable resource for a wide range of readers in both the cucurbit industry and academia, including crop consultants, pest control advisors, extension agents and specialists, seed and field sales personnel, diagnosticians, and graduate students.

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Book Specifications and Data/For News Media Only

© 2017; 8.5” × 11” softcover; 228 pages; 320 images; 3 pounds; ISBN 978-0-89054-573-7

This book is published by The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and may be purchased for $169 plus S&H from APS PRESS. Bulk discounts are available.

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