Our dependence on healthy vegetable crops as a reliable source of food transcends all barriers of nation and culture. Consumers now demand excellent quality from the industry that produces large volumes of high quality vegetables to be sold locally, regionally and shipped internationally. The diseases that affect vegetables compromise such quality and therefore are of great importance to grower, shipper, marketer, and consumer. This book focuses primarily on diseases that are caused by pathogens. Chapters dealing with the general principles of the causes, diagnosis and control of vegetable crop diseases are followed by crop-based chapters. Each disease entry includes a brief introduction to the disease, detailed description of disease symptoms, information on the pathogen and disease development, and suggestions on how to manage the problem. Top quality colour photos illustrate the book throughout. This book will be useful to a range of professionals including research and extension plant pathologists; diagnosticians and plant lab personnel; teachers of agriculture and related subjects; university students in agriculture and related fields; commercial farmers, vegetable producers, and farm managers; agriculturalists in the fields of seed production, vegetable breeding, agrichemicals, pest control, marketing, and other subjects; government and regulatory persons dealing with agriculture; serious gardeners and hobbyists.
"The handbook is for researchers, scientists, technicians and educators in plant pathology and agriculture, as well as pratical, field-oriented information of use to farmer, field personnel and the agricultural industry."-VEGETABLES WEST, JAN 2007"The layout has a fresh, appealing look; the text is well organized with a good balance between completeness and conciseness, and the photos are amazing. I think this book will soon be the new standard vegetable pathology reference."- Anthony P. Keinath, Professor & Vegetable Pathologist, Clemson University, Charleston, SC, U.S.A.
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