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New Comprehensive Resource on Diseases Threatening Global Food Security

St. Paul, MN (May, 2020)—Managing the threats of emerging plant diseases that affect agricultural crops requires expertise in a range of areas—from population genetics, epidemiology, and modeling to climate change analysis and global development policy. That expertise is provided in Emerging Plant Diseases and Global Food Security, which synthesizes developments in emerging plant disease biology and discusses innovative technologies and knowledge about the ecology, evolution, and management of emerging infectious diseases.

This book is divided into three sections. The first section provides a global context, describing the importance of emerging plant diseases to global food security, discussing the mitigation of disease outbreaks in a changing climate, and exploring how crop diseases impact crop loss and the analytical methods used to assess this loss. The second section presents six case studies on plant diseases, including cereal rusts and Fusarium wilt of banana, that present the ecology, epidemiology, and population biology of each emerging disease. The third section covers detection, modeling, and evolution and introduces innovative technologies used to model and mitigate the spread of plant pathogens.

Editors Jean Beagle Ristaino and Angela Records gathered an international team of plant pathologists, modelers, epidemiologists, population biologists, and practitioners to develop this comprehensive reference for researchers, policymakers, regulatory professionals, and others involved in the management of global food production and improvement of food security. This helpful, timely resource is available in the APS PRESS bookstore.

Book Specifications and Data/For News Media Only

© 2020; 8.5” × 11” hardcover; 305 pages; 3 pounds; ISBN 978-0-89054-637-6

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