Plant disease epidemics, caused by established and invasive pathogen species, continue to impact a world increasingly concerned with the quantity and quality of its primary food supply. The Study of Plant Disease Epidemics is a comprehensive manual that introduces readers to the essential principles and concepts of plant disease epidemiology. This useful reference and textbook provides a detailed exposition on how to describe, compare, analyze, and predict epidemics of plant disease for the ultimate purposes of developing and testing control strategies and tactics.
The authors have synthesized the research advances from the last four decades, with a special emphasis on research done in the last 15 years, to produce a useful framework for:
This bestselling reference introduces a coherent theory of disease development in plant host populations over time and space, coupled with detailed explanations of the components of diseases in crops and forests. This theory demonstrates how different levels of mathematical complexity can lead to unifying principles of disease invasion, persistence, and rates of temporal increase and disease expansion from foci. In addition, the book shows how disease control strategies are intricately related to fundamental population-biology parameters.
The information on modeling and statistical analysis provides the needed tools and procedures for researchers to help them properly measure and analyze collected epidemiological data and maximize its value. The methods and principles described throughout the book explain how to translate this valuable data and utilize it to make informed disease management decisions.
The Study of Plant Disease Epidemics is the highly anticipated original work by three of the leading plant disease epidemiologists of the last quarter century. This manual is an essential tool intended for graduate students, researchers, and teachers of plant pathology, as well as crop consultants and those in disease management positions. It will be an excellent teaching tool for courses in Plant Disease Epidemiology, Plant Disease Management, Invasive Species Risk Assessment, and Plant Pathogen Ecology.
“Without any question this is an excellent treatise concerning such an important subject as evaluation of occurrence of plant pathogens and estimation of economic losses they cause in crop production. The authors and the APS Press merit congratulations on providing the researchers and practitioners such an excellent treatise concerning plant protection.”-- Journal of Plant Protection Research
"The Study of Plant Disease Epidemics clearly and cohesively synthesises many aspects of plant disease epidemiology from the principles of disease intensity assessment to the various modeling approaches to crop loss assessment. Its tone is instructional and would be of benefit to plant pathologists wishing to augment their skills in plant disease epidemiology, or for teachers of graduate/advanced level classes in plant disease epidemiology, biological systems modeling, and disease management."-- Australasian Plant Pathology
“This is an excellent book suitable for specialists in plant disease epidemics at every level. Nematologists would benefit form knowing how plant pathologists approach the study of disease epidemics and how their approach could also be used in nematology especially with nematodes that multiply continuously and have a rather short life cycle.”-- Nematologia Mediterranea “…its completeness and accessibility make it very well suited as a reference book. It is a great companion to understanding the dense and abundant epidemiology literature. Probably every plant pathologist should have this text, and any mycologist who wants to keep a food in the world of plant epidemiology would find this book quite useful.”-- Inoculum
“…provides a substantial amount of information…well-written and readable, quite pleasing considering the complexity of the subject…should be available in all college, university, research laboratories and institutional libraries where there are courses and research in plant pathology.”-- Fungal Diversity
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