Available in VHS or DVD, The Biology of Fungal Pathogens combines three-dimensional computer animation with photography to present the life cycles of various fungal pathogens. In-depth knowledge of the conditions under which pathogens, in particular parasitic fungi, live and develop is a prerequisite for crop protection. Only with this knowledge can plant diseases be detected in due time and selectively treated.The video series The Biology of Fungal Pathogens grants easy access to this knowledge. Through an exciting blend of vivid 3D animations and real images, with in formative commentaries, these videos provide fascinating insight into the life cycles of major fungal pathogens. The series is an outstanding example of communication in modern science.
2004 Comenius AwardThe oldest German and European Award for excellent educational media, the Comenius Award is given annually by The Society for Pedagogy and Information, a renowned scientific society for multimedia, educational technology, and media didactics. The recipient of this prize is selected in an independent review process according to didactic and scientific merit.
First Prize "Scientific and Popular Scientific Films" and Prize of the the National Jury20th International Film Festival AGROFILMThe AGROFILM festival is organized by the Ministry of Land Management of the Slovak Republic and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).
Clips in this Volume:
2.1 Leaf Rust and Other Rusts of Cereals (15:30)Using brown rust of wheat (Puccinia recondita f. sp. tritici) as an example, this movie depicts the complete life cycle of rust fungi with exhaustive detail. The production of the different spore types of rust fungi is shown using three-dimensional computer animations. Additionally, this film shows the life cycles of brown rust of rye (Puccinia recondita f. sp. recondita), stem rust of wheat (Puccinia graminis), leaf or brown dwarf rust of barley (Puccinia hordei), and yellow or stripe rust of wheat (Puccinia striiformis). 2.2 Fusarium Diseases of Wheat (10:50) Fungi of the genus Fusarium are of great economic importance worldwide because they cause crop losses and produce mycotoxins, which can cause severe toxicities if consumed by humans and livestock. This movie depicts the life cycles of Fusarium culmorum and F. graminearum using three-dimensional computer animations blended with real images. Particularly, the modes of infection as well as epidemiological spread of the disease are exhaustively shown. Because diseases caused by Fusarium fungi are difficult to control using fungicides, this movie also shows agronomical means for successful disease management in wheat production.
"Due to the exquisite three-dimensional visualization technology used, the video series provides a fascinating insight at the microscopic level on the biology of fungal pathogens. A high scientific standard is guaranteed by the editors and contributing colleagues from agricultural university faculties."—Journal of Phytopathology
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