Plant diseases are caused by several microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses. They significantly affect plant health and productivity. Recent advances in molecular and genomics of plant diseases raises a need to integrate knowledge of microbial taxonomy, genomics, and plant pathology that reflects state-of-the-art knowledge about plant-disease mechanisms. This book provides a concise but comprehensive description of plant diseases with special focus on plant diseases caused by numerous microbial pathogens, from a plant biologist's and a microbiologist';s point of view. This book includes chapters on diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, virus, and nematodes and provides an improved understanding of the epidemiology, current concepts of pathogenesis and mechanisms of their biology. It provides the most recent information on the classification of plant pathogenic microbes, causes, mode of transmission, symptoms and treatments of important plant diseases also taking into consideration the molecular interactions between host cells and infectious agents. The presentation of these topics is followed by a discussion on systemic and biological control of diseases, as well as postharvest diseases of plant products and studies on AM fungi. The book provides necessary references, basic lab techniques and literature citations to allow a more detailed investigation of particular diseases and control. This book would be indispensable for researchers and will also serve as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of disciplines of botany, plant pathology, crop science and microbiology.
1. Introduction 6. Disease Caused by Bacteria
2. Host Parasite Interaction 7. Disease Caused by Viruses
3. Disease Resistance 8. Disease Caused by Nematodes
4. Biocontrol of Disease 9. Postharvest Disease
5. Disease Caused by Fungi 10. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Horticultural Systems
11. Lab Technique
Rajni Gupta :- teaches in the Department of Botany, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, Delhi. She got her M.sc and Ph.D from Agra College, Agra. She did Post Doctoral work in the Department of Botany, University of Delhi, Delhi with Prof. K.G. Mukerji. She has worked in the field of Mycotoxins, Mycoherbicides and VAM fungi. She worked on Association of VAM fungi in lower plants of Uttarakhand. She also worked on phytoremediation of heavy metals present in soil by angiosperms. She has published more than 45 research papers in different national and international journals repute. She has edited "Advances in Microbial Biotechnology", and Taxonomy Past Present and Future. She has authored The Fungi, Microbial Technology, Concise Notes on Biotechnology and Unitext for Freshmen: Biology.Gaurav Chugh :- Hardiman Scholar at National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), is doing his PhD in functional environmental microbiology. He is a Postgraduate in Botany from Department of Botany, University of Delhi and Graduate in Botany (Honours) from Department of Botany, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. He has worked as project associate at TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Delhi. He has been on the merit list at University of Delhi (2012) and a scholarship holder from Department of Botany, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. He has worked in university funded innovation project on bioremediation and has published three research articles in journals of international repute. He has attended and presented papers and posters in numerous national and international conferences.