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Updated Resource on Lettuce Addresses Diseases, Disorders, and Pests

St. Paul, MN (August 2017)—Consumer demand for more nutritious salad products has brought major changes in what types of lettuce are produced and how they are cultivated. These changes have also brought new challenges to disease and pest management in lettuce production.

Compendium of Lettuce Diseases and Pests, Second Edition, edited by K. V. Subbarao et al., addresses these changes and challenges by providing the most up-to-date and comprehensive resource available on lettuce diseases, disorders, and pests and their management. It offers solutions to help users identify and manage infectious diseases caused by fungi and oomycetes, bacteria, phytoplasmas, viruses, nematodes, and parasitic plants, as well as noninfectious diseases and disorders such as mineral deficiencies and toxicities, noninfectious physiological disorders, herbicide injury, weather-related injury, bird damage, and others. This second edition also includes new sections on common pests of lettuce (organized by class) and on postharvest diseases and disorders.

The highly anticipated second edition, published two decades after the first, has these features:

  • Nearly 210 images of symptoms caused by diseases, insects, and abiotic agents, enabling growers to visually identify diseases, disorders, and pests that affect their crops
  • Data on the distribution of pathogens and pests of lettuce within the United States and the world, giving users reliable information on geographic trends
  • Concise descriptions of laboratory techniques to recover pathogens and identify insects, allowing researchers to achieve a higher degree of accuracy in diagnoses
  • Succinct descriptions of management options for growers, researchers, and extension agents
  • Information on the causal organism, disease cycle and epidemiology, symptoms, and management of each disease and disorder
  • Selected references that provide readers with key literature and resources
  • Background on the history of lettuce, evolution of types of lettuce cultivation, and conventional and biotechnological and genomic approaches to lettuce improvement
  • Discussion of food safety issues that have emerged as a major concern for the industry in recent years
  • Science-based information from top researchers across the world, enabling users to more confidently scout, identify, and manage problems in the field before they become economically significant

Like the other books in the APS Compendium of Plant Disease series, this book is ideal for large and small commercial growing operations and the advisors that serve them, including plant pathologists, entomologists, breeders, seed company personnel, crop production specialists, diagnosticians, regulatory personnel, extension personnel, and crop consultants. It is also a useful resource for educators, students, and researchers.

Visit APS PRESS to learn more about Compendium of Lettuce Diseases and Pests, Second Edition and other APS PRESS titles for the lab and field.

Book Specifications and Data/For News Media Only

© 2017; 8.5” × 11” softcover; 165 pages; 209 color images; 2 pounds; ISBN 978-0-89054-577-5

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

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