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This book is now available in three different formats!
This comprehensive book delivers everything we have come to appreciate and expect from a Schumann and D’Arcy offering. It tells the stories of plant pathology with a passionate voice and laces each tale with the essential research-based information to help readers understand the interrelationship between agriculture, the human condition, and the science that connects the two. The book examines the effects plant diseases have had on human culture by weaving together true-life tales from ancient days and modern times. Hungry Planet explores sometimes controversial topics that challenge readers to think beyond the disease outbreaks to consider the impact these biological events have on our personal lives. Anyone interested in science, environmental issues, food production, or sustainability will find the book fascinating.
This clearly written book is an ideal entry-level text for inquisitive college students who are majoring in a subject other than plant pathology, especially those in general education and core science classes. There is a student resources website organized around the book’s topics that will help bring the stories of plant diseases to life through podcasts, exercises, and other teaching tools. For those teaching with this book, there is an instructor’s-only web interface with resources that will be your course guide throughout the semester. If you wish to build a course around Hungry Planet, these award-winning educators have already done the preparation work for you—it is only a click away on APSnet. Anyone who has taught a course with Schumann’s earlier book, Plant Diseases: Their Biology and Social Impact will find Hungry Planet to be an amazing update of one of the perennial favorites among APS PRESS books.
These Student Resources complement the printed book. Each chapter includes an Image Gallery with color images. Words to Know are individually linked to an online illustrated glossary. Additional print and Internet resources are listed. Each short podcast discusses a major concept or issue, clarifies a particular point of confusion, and offers review questions. Finally, questions for discussion may be used to continue the conversation after reading the chapter.
Highlights for InstructorsMany free instructor resources, written by the authors themselves, give instructors ideas for teaching assignments and shorten the prep time needed for lesson plans and lectures. Hungry Planet is designed as a textbook for general education or core courses in biology for nonscience major undergraduates. It teaches basic biological concepts within a framework of stories of plant diseases. Such a course should help students become more aware of the importance of plants and agriculture in their everyday lives and the challenges of providing food, fiber and fuel for a growing population.These Instructor Resources include many exercises successfully used by the authors. Instructors are invited to use these resources as classroom exercises or to get ideas for additional exercises. In addition, there are many peer-reviewed sources of information related to plant diseases for students, including an illustrated glossary, in other sections of the APSnet Education Center. Student Resources for each chapter of Hungry Planet also are available on this site.
From the Preface
Plant diseases have changed human history and culture, yet few people know much about plants or the pathogens that cause plant diseases. Most of the people who will read this book enjoy the luxuries of abundant food and relatively low food prices. However, for many people around the world, getting enough to eat is a daily challenge. Sadly, famines still occur. We invite you to read stories of plant disease epidemics that illustrate the past and present vulnerability of some important plants that people use for food, for fibers and oils, and for green spaces. As you read, we hope you will then consider how to preserve precious plant gene pools and how to stay one step ahead of the numerous pathogens that can destroy plants.A variety of scientific fields are touched on in this book. A plant disease can be understood only by studying the biology of both the vulnerable plant and the pathogens that threaten it. Thus, the science of plant pathology introduces the reader to botany and to the various sciences associated with the pathogens: bacteriology, mycology, nematology, and virology. Beginning with the study of the nature of disease, plant pathology now includes studies of epidemics and the ecology of agriculture. Genetic studies have led to the development of disease-resistant crops, as well as the ability to manipulate plant and pathogen genes through genetic engineering. Biological concepts from these scientific fields are introduced along the way, and more technical information is found in the Science Sidebars in various chapters. Plant pathology is a science with important ties to human welfare. All citizens should be aware of the biological basis of legislation governing environmental protection, pesticide use, release of genetically engineered organisms, land preservation for agricultural use, and genetic reserves. How do we balance safety and the cost of producing food, fiber, and fuel? How do we foster plant health in a world dominated by people? These are two of the many questions we ask you to consider in Hungry Planet. We wrote this book to update Plant Diseases: Their Biology and Social Impact, published in 1991. Both books reflect our experiences as instructors of general education courses designed to enhance the scientific and agricultural literacy of university students.
"This very readable book is a valid attempt to combine an introductory plant pathology textbook for undergraduate students into a book with the potential for more general readership…a very valuable and well-constructed introductory book…the authors are to be congratulated on their comprehensive coverage of the subject."—Plant Pathology
“…proves to be a complete and comprehensive primer on the nature of plant disease. For any collection focusing on plant biology, family, agriculture, and other related topics, Hungry Planet is a strong addiction to any community or college library collection.”—Midwest Book Review
"...well-written and provides an interesting and informative read. Highly recommended...packed full of examples to illustrate important points...this book does a superb job of introducing readers to plant pathology." —Journal of Agricultural & Food Information
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