Ecology and Management of Soilborne Plant Pathogens is a compilation of papers from the Fourth International Congress of Plant Pathology in Melbourn, Australia. Topics Covered:
Because of its isolation, Australia’s geography is little known overseas. Our climates range from wet tropical and monsoonal conditions in the north, through warm temperate an temperate in the east, to cool temperate in the far south of Victoria and in Tasmania. Westward are very large areas of arid and desert lands in which no agriculture and little grazing is practiced. In southern South Australia and the southwest corner of Western Australia, a Mediterranean climate prevails, with hot dry summers an cool, moist winters.
The complexity of the biological environment in soil and the problems arising from the use of fungicides to remove particular components of the soil biota on a broad-acre basis lead many root pathologists to dream of the day when resistance to plant pathogens can be provided within the plant. Plant selection and breeding have been successful in developing resistant lines for many root diseases, but many problems remain – including those caused by the diversity of strains within many root pathogens and the interactions of soil and seasonal conditions with the resistance or tolerance of plants to root disease.
We hope these Proceedings will inspire more scientists to enter the difficult area of root disease research, bringing papers to the next Congress that will report further successes in the quest to control root diseases that thus to increase world food production.
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