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​APS PRESS Launches New Edition of Compendium of Rhododendron and Azalea Diseases and Pests


St. Paul, Minn. (June 2014)--The latest book in the APS PRESS Compendium Series is here, and it’s “blooming” with information to help users diagnose and control rhododendron and azalea pests.

The Compendium of Rhododendron and Azalea Diseases and Pests, Second Edition provides more than 170 images and a simple, easy-to-use format to help users quickly recognize and manage pest-related problems of these widely cultivated flowering shrubs and trees.

Editors Robert G. Linderman and D. Michael Benson, both experts in their own right, selected top authorities on rhododendron and azalea diseases and insects to write this replacement to the popular first edition of this book, published back in 1986.

The Compendium of Rhododendron and Azalea Diseases and Pests, Second Edition is ideal for professionals who cultivate these plants in commercial home gardens, nurseries, park and municipal landscapes, and similar settings.  It is also an essential tool for scientists who do research and extension work on these ornamentals, particularly those associated with entomology, plant pathology, horticulture, and nematology.

This comprehensive book is broken into four sections full of new and revised information, including:

  • Diseases Caused by Infectious Agents: Addresses commonly occurring diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, higher plants, nematodes, and algae. A new section on virus diseases has been updated to include azalea ringspot disease, Rhododendron virus N, and Rhododendron virus A and related viruses.
  • Diseases Caused by Noninfectious Agents: Discusses damage caused by moisture, heat, and cold stress, as well as mineral deficiencies and toxicities, air pollution, and pesticide phytotoxicities. A new section on noninfectious agents covers genetic abnormalities, including tissue proliferation and witches’-broom.
  • Disease and Pest Management: Provides a thorough discussion of management strategies, such as exclusion, eradication, quarantine, sanitation, irrigation water treatment, chemical control, host resistance, and cultural practices. A new section, called “Biology and Application of Beneficial Microbes,” presents much of the latest thinking and research on a range of crops (not limited to rhododendron and azalea) and highlights new nonchemical approaches to disease and pest management.
  • Insect and Mite Pests: Includes nearly 40 color photos and provides detailed treatments of the full range of pests that affect rhododendron and azalea. The section on pest management has been expanded and includes a table that identifies the insecticides and miticides used to manage these pests.

A new collection of color photos; a symptoms-based diagnostic guide; an updated index of common plant disease names; and a glossary of terms (including new terms not covered in the book’s first edition) make this book even more accessible for a range of academics and professionals.

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Book Specifications and Data

©2014; 8.5” × 11” softcover; 144 pages; 173 color images; 8 black-and-white images; 2 pounds; ISBN 978-0-89054-436-5

This book is published by The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and may be purchased for $99 plus S&H from APS PRESS.                  

Review copies of the Compendium of Rhododendron and Azalea Diseases and Pests, Second Edition are available. If you are interested in reviewing this book for your publication and can forward a copy of the published review within six months of receiving the book, please send your request with details of your publication to Dawn Wuest by email.

NOTE: Digital artwork of the book’s cover is available by contacting Dawn Wuest using the contact information provided. Please specify if the artwork will be used for print or electronic media.