This book is significant because it is the definitive resource on viruses that infect the plant species that make up the most important food crops in the world – Poaceae (Gramineae) – which include barley, maize, rice, rye, sorghum, sugarcane, triticale, wheat, forage, ornamental, and lawn. This grass family is among the largest of all plant families consisting of approximately 700 genera and 10,000 species. Nearly twenty percent of plant viruses are known to infect graminaceous hosts resulting in significant agricultural economic losses.The Poaceae are one of the most important plant families in terms of the number of species, worldwide distribution, ecosystems and as ingredients of human and animal food. It is not surprising that they support many parasites including more than 100 severely pathogenic virus species, of which new ones are being regularly described. This book results from the contributions of 150 well-known specialists and presents for the first time an in-depth look at all the viruses (including the retrotransposons) infesting one plant family.Taxonomic and agronomic descriptions of the Poaceae are presented, followed by data on molecular and biological characteristics of the viruses and descriptions up to species level. Virus diseases of field grasses (barley, maize, rice, eye, sorghum, sugarcane, triticale and wheats), forage, ornamental, aromatic, wild and lawn Gramineae are largely described and illustrated (32 color plates). A detailed index of viruses and taxonomic lists will help readers in their search for information.
Foreworded by Marc Van Regenmortel, this book is essential for anyone with an interest in plant pathology especially plant virology, entomology, breeding and forecasting. Agronomists will also find this book invaluable.
"An indispensable reference for anyone who is concerned with the diagnosis and management of viral diseases on cereals and other grasses."-- Dr. Gary C. Bergstrom, Professor, Cornell University and Cereal Crops Plant Pathologist
"Provides a comprehensive review and annotation of virus diseases affecting grasses."-- Dr. Barry Jacobsen, Professor, Montana State University and member of APS PRESS Editorial Board
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