Botrytis: Biology, Pathology and Control
Edited by Elad, Y.; Williamson, B.; Tudzynski, P. and Delen, N.
Botrytis cinerea and other Botrytis species are important pathogens of nursery plants, vegetables,
ornamental, field and orchard crops and stored and transported agricultural products. Over the last 125 years,
Botrytis spp. have been investigated by an increasing number of specialists in diverse fields including chemistry,
biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, genetics, morphology and histology, taxonomy, host-parasite interaction,
ecology and epidemiology. As a result they have been the subject of an immense number of published studies.
Hardcover XIX + 428 pp. ISBN 9781402026249
Considerable effort is invested in protecting agricultural produce against Botrytis before and after harvest.
The market size for anti-Botrytis products is currently estimated at around US$ 1525 million. The intensity
of such measures taken by farmers has continued unabated throughout the last 20 years while understanding of the
processes that govern Botrytis life cycles, pathogenicity and epidemiology have become better understood.
The aim of this book was to create a most comprehensive treatise on the rapidly developing science
of Botrytis and so to serve as a stimulus to future research for the benefit of agriculture and horticulture
and all those who serve these industries; i.e. researchers and students, farm advisers and agriculture specialists.
The book is the result of intensive work of 43 authors, all of whom are leading scientists in the Botrytis
sciences. Each chapter describes a particular aspect of fungal biology and its impact on disease processes and
host response. New technologies have arisen that when applied to long-standing problems or to test new hypotheses
have been most rewarding and many of these are covered in this book. The chapters are cross linked so that readers
can follow associated material to better understand the practical implications of the advances made in fundamental
science. The twenty interconnected chapters of the book are grouped according to three major themes:
the fungus and its pathogenicity factors;
This book adopts a multidisciplinary approach to integrate the state-of-the-art knowledge in
all key areas of common interest in the fungi and their plant interactions. The book includes detailed reviews
of Botrytis spp. and the diseases they cause in plant systems and provides a comprehensive description
of these fungal necrotrophs, including their diversity of response to the environment, their speciation and relatedness,
sources of variation for evolution and molecular genetics and genomics. Aspects of Botrytis/host interactions,
pathogenicity factors, the plant's reactions to infection, morphology and cellular organization, signaling, key enzymes,
reactive oxygen species and oxidative processes in disease onset, secondary metabolites as plant defence
substances and the role of phytohormones in such reactions are emphasized in the book. Several innovative
approaches for disease management of this group of destructive pathogens and methods of detection, epidemiological
studies and chemical and biological control are also discussed.
plant reactions to infection
epidemiology and management of important Botrytis - incited diseases.
The book will be of interest to scientists in the Botrytis sciences; researchers and students, farm advisers
and agriculture specialists.
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