Plant Defense: Warding off attack by pathogens, herbivores and parasitic plants

Dale Walters 
Wiley - Blackwell  October 2010  

Paperback  248 pp  ISBN 9781405175890      £45.00
Plants are sources of nourishment for thousands of fungi, bacteria, invertebrates, vertebrates, and other plants. Plants possess a truly remarkable diversity of mechanisms to fend off attackers and recent research has shown just how complex and sophisticated these defense mechanisms can be.

Plant Defense provides comprehensive coverage of the range of different organisms that plants need to fend off, describes how plants coordinate their defenses against multiple attacks, explains the evolution of defense in plants, and how plant defences are exploited in crop protection strategies.

Plant Defense

  • Covers plants' defenses against pathogens, pests, and parasitic plants: together in one book
  • Brings together succinct, cutting edge information in a user-friendly format
  • Gives an understanding of how plants ward off attacks from multiple enemies
  • Is written by an internationally known and respected researcher and teacher in crop protection
  • Will be of interest for all those involved in plant protection around the globe
  • Plant Defense is primarily designed for use by upper undergraduates and post graduates studying crop protection, agricultural sciences, applied entomology, plant pathology, and plant sciences. Biological and agricultural research scientists in the agrochemical and crop protection industries, and in academia, will find much of great use in this excellent new book. Libraries in all universities and research establishments where agricultural and biological sciences are studied and taught should have copies of this book on their shelves.



    Chapter 1. Why Do Plants Need Defenses?
    1.1 Plants as sources of food. 1.2 Organisms that use plants as food. 1.3 Impact of infection and herbivory in natural and agricultural ecosystems. 1.4 Conclusions. References.

    Chapter 2. What Defenses Do Plants Use?
    2.1 Introduction. 2.2 Defenses used against pathogens. 2.3 Defenses used against parasitic plants. 2.4 Defenses used against nematodes. 2.5 Defenses used against herbivorous insects. 2.6 Defenses used against vertebrate herbivores. 2.7 Defenses used against neighboring plants-allelopathy. 2.8 Conclusions. References.

    Chapter 3. Sounding the Alarm: Signaling and Communication in Plant Defense.
    3.1 Introduction. 3.2 Signaling in plant-pathogen interactions. 3.3 Signaling in plant-nematode interactions. 3.3.1 Introduction. 3.4 Signaling in plant-insect herbivore interactions. 3.5 Signaling in interactions between plants and vertebrate herbivores. 3.6 Signaling in interactions between plants and parasitic plants. 3.7 Conclusions. References.

    Chapter 4. Plant Defense in the Real World: Multiple Attackers and Beneficial Interactions.
    4.1 Introduction. 4.2 Dealing with multiple attackers: cross-talk between signaling pathways. 4.3 Can beneficial plant-microbe interactions induce resistance in plants? 4.4 Conclusions. References.

    Chapter 5. The Evolution of Plant Defense.
    5.1 Introduction. 5.2 Hypotheses of plant defense. 5.3 Evolution of plant defense strategies. 5.4 Patterns of plant defense evolution. 5.5 Why do plants have induced defenses? 5.6 The coevolutionary arms race . 5.7 Conclusions. References.

    Chapter 6. Exploiting Plant Defense.
    6.1 Introduction. 6.2 Using plant resistance to protect crops-breeding. 6.3 Using plant resistance to protect crops-induced resistance. 6.4 Using plant resistance to protect crops-biotechnological approaches. 6.5 Conclusions. References.


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