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New Book Synthesizes transdisciplinary Research on Pollen, Spore Dispersal

Covers dozens of topics within the study of pollen and spore dispersal

St. Paul, Minn. (September 2017)--Pollen and spore dispersal through the wind causes some of the greatest challenges in science and agriculture. It fosters the spread of yield-robbing plant diseases, and it causes cross-pollination of genetically modified (GM) crops with non-GM species just to name two.

A new book from APS PRESS, titled Aerial Dispersal of Pollen and Spores, helps users mitigate these and other issues by providing the latest science about the many complex factors and effects encompassing the movement of spores through the air.

This unique and comprehensive treatise synthesizes material scattered across the literature of multiple disciplines into one single place--and adds many insights through new research in this important area of study--within its 418 pages.

Aerial Dispersal of Pollen and Spores covers dozens of topics within the study of pollen and spore dispersal, such as the physical properties, forces, and processes affecting pollen and spores—in motion and at rest; pollen and spore survival; infection and fertilization efficiency; wind and wind transport models; cross fertilization; pollen mediated gene flow; precision agriculture practices applied to aerially dispersed pathogens; infectious periods and opportunity for disease spread; aerial sampling, and more.

This cutting-edge book emphasizes the critical, interacting biophysical processes that control the dispersal of particles in the atmosphere. By shining a greater light on these biophysical processes, users get many new and valuable perspectives that can be applied to their research and to understanding models behind the spread of pathogens and genetic material in the atmosphere.

This transdisciplinary book is particularly useful to researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates in the fields of plant pathology, plant biology, meteorology, agronomy, and agricultural engineering.

It can also serve as a textbook or supplemental class reading for a number of disciplines, including plant pathology, botany, and aerobiology.

Aerial Dispersal of Pollen and Spores can also be used professionally. With this book…

  • Researchers and practitioners can evaluate the relative importance of nearby and faraway sources of inoculum.
  • Breeders can assess the outcrossing of potential and pollen mediated gene flow (PMGF) in the environment.
  • Botanists can evaluate the physical characteristics of pollen and spores.
  • Plant biologists can access information typically assessable only to physicists, leading to the undertaking of more quality interdisciplinary studies.

Author Donald E. Aylor, Ph.D., has more than 40 years of experience modeling and conducting experiments in aerobiology using a variety of crops and propagules, techniques, and mathematical tools. His high-quality research in this area is nationally and internationally recognized.

Visit to learn more about Aerial Dispersal of Pollen and Spores and other important APS PRESS titles for the lab and field. 

Book Specifications and Data/For News Media Only

©2017; 8.5” × 11” hardcover; 418 pages; 204 images (135 black-and-white, 69 Color); 4 pounds; ISBN 978-0-89054-542-3

This book is published by The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and may be purchased for $395 plus S&H from APS PRESS. Bulk discounts are available for diagnosticians, field representatives, state and county extension, farm managers, and other professionals.

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, APS Review Coordinator at

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.