Essential Plant Pathology - second edition

Gail Schumann and Cleo D'Arcy 
APS Press  2010  

Hardcover  384 pp  ISBN 9780890543818      £86.00
Essential Plant Pathology, Second Edition is completely updated with color throughout and is packaged with a new DVD that includes more extras for students and professors alike. The first edition of this best selling textbook was carefully reviewed by subject matter specialists and plant pathology course instructors to help update the content, especially some of the quickly changing molecular aspects of host-parasite interactions. This new edition includes an important new section to teach students about gene silencing using RNA interference.

The authors did not stray from their highly successful original approach. Imagine a plant pathology textbook that introduces and teaches all the key concepts of the science and is readable in a single semester by each and every student in your class. Essential Plant Pathology achieves that goal because it was written with students in mind.

This inviting new edition is written specifically to the introductory plant pathology course level by award-winning educators, Gail Schumann and Cleo D€Arcy. The book is reader-friendly with important terms and concepts clearly identified. Special €Did you know?€ boxes will spark student interest by providing cultural and historical facts about plant diseases and every chapter will guide students to recommended resources, study questions, €Words to Know,€ Internet research exercises, and DVD exercises.

The new second edition text comes packaged with a dynamic DVD that works hand-in-hand with the popular APSnet Education Center and provides students and their professors with an engaging way to learn and teach plant pathology. This DVD contains many important supplementary materials that can be used without internet access, including: expanded and revised identification exercises, new APSnet Education Center peer-reviewed instructional materials, and new web links for each chapter.

The DVD is a key part of the book because it includes links to all of the enrichment materials from the APSnet Education Center, APSnet feature articles, and links to recommended websites. These are used for the exercises at the end of each chapter. This allows students to learn about diseases and topics of specific interest to them. Also, there are identification exercises for most of the chapters on the DVD. The DVD also includes the illustrated glossary with photos, diagrams and many of the definitions which are not included in the printed version in the book. For instructors, there are high resolution versions of all of the text images.

A printed version of the glossary on the DVD has been added to the textbook which includes synonyms, antonyms, and related terms that will aid students in learning the plant pathology vocabulary. In addition, Appendix 2, which provides disease examples, has been revised to add more tropical crops and diseases for use in chapter exercises.

SPECIAL FEATURES to interest and challenge your students:

  • Its easy-to-read, open-page design has illustrations and boxed call-outs emphasizing critical concepts.
  • €In This Chapter€ presents key concepts the students will learn.
  • Disease Classics provide short boxed summaries of important diseases typically studied in introductory plant pathology courses.
  • €Did you know?€ call-outs present cultural and historical facts about plant diseases to help students understand how plant pathology impacts the real world.
  • Case studies help students understand the specific causes, symptoms, and cycles of important diseases.
  • Each chapter includes Study Questions to help students check their comprehension and Recommended Resources to challenge them to learn more.
  • €Words to Know€ at the end of each chapter will improve your student€s plant pathology vocabulary Students will find these words defined in the Illustrated Glossary included in the companion DVD that comes packaged with their book. A printed version of the glossary on the DVD has been added to the textbook which includes synonyms, antonyms, and related terms.
  • Icons in the book identify direct links to specific DVD and Internet exercises appealing to today€s digitally oriented student. These exercises allow instructors to custom design virtual labs to complement their lectures.

Full integration between the textbook, DVD, and the APS peer-reviewed Education Center, the most popular area of APSnet. This is today€s student€s Internet connection for key feature articles on hot topics written by practicing plant pathologists.



Why Study Plant Pathology?

How to Use This Textbook and DVD


CHAPTER 1: What Is Wrong with My Plant?
How do we diagnose plant diseases? What is the plant disease triangle? How do we know what organism causes a disease? What are biotrophs and necrotrophs? What are disease cycles and how can we use them?

CHAPTER 2: What Are the Causes of Plant Diseases? Fungi
What are fungi? What symptoms and signs do fungi cause? How do fungi survive and spread? How are fungal diseases diagnosed? How are fungal diseases managed? More detailed information about fungi, their reproduction, and fruiting bodies

CHAPTER 3: What Are the Causes of Plant Diseases? Bacteria
What are bacteria? What symptoms and signs do bacteria cause? How do bacteria survive and spread? How are bacterial diseases diagnosed? How are bacterial diseases managed?

CHAPTER 4: What Are the Causes of Plant Diseases? Nematodes
What are nematodes? What symptoms and signs do nematodes cause? How do nematodes survive and spread? How are nematode diseases diagnosed? How are nematode diseases managed?

CHAPTER 5: What Are the Causes of Plant Diseases? Viruses What are viruses? What symptoms and signs do viruses cause? How do viruses survive and spread? How are virus diseases diagnosed? How are virus diseases managed?

CHAPTER 6: What Are the Causes of Plant Diseases? Parasitic Flowering Plants
What are parasitic flowering plants? What symptoms and signs do parasitic flowering plants cause? How do parasitic flowering plants survive and spread? How are diseases caused by parasitic flowering plants diagnosed? How are parasitic flowering plants managed?

CHAPTER 7: What Are the Causes of Plant Diseases? Abiotic Factors
What are abiotic factors? What symptoms do abiotic factors cause? How are abiotic diseases diagnosed? How are abiotic diseases managed?

CHAPTER 8: What Types of Plant Diseases Are There?
What is damping-off? What diseases commonly affect foliage, flowers, and fruit? What are vascular diseases? What are cankers? What are galls? What are root rots? What is wood decay? What are postharvest diseases?

CHAPTER 9: How Do Plants Interact with Pathogens?
Part A. Ecological interactions
How do pathogens survive in the absence of host plants? How do pathogens find plants? How do pathogens penetrate plants?
Part B. Physiological interactions
How do pathogens establish infections? How do plants defend themselves?
Part C. Genetic interactions
What are the genetic interactions between plants and pathogens? How can we create disease-resistant plants?

CHAPTER 10: How Do People Influence Plant Disease Epidemics?
What is an epidemic? Can we predict plant diseases? How do people affect the susceptibility of plants to disease? How do people affect the environment of plants in ways that increase disease? How do people affect the ability of pathogens to cause disease? How do plant disease epidemics affect people?

CHAPTER 11: How Can We Prevent or Manage Plant Disease Epidemics?
How do we choose the appropriate methods for disease management? How do we avoid pathogens? How do we exclude pathogens? How do we eradicate pathogens? How do we protect plants? How can we create integrated, sustainable management programs?

APPENDIX 1: Disease Classics
APPENDIX 2: Example Diseases
APPENDIX 3: Rapid Assays for Pathogens
Immunoassays DNA-based tests, including PCR Which to use: Immunoassay, PCR, or standard microscopic examination and culturing?

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