Our dependence on healthy vegetable crops as a reliable source of food transcends all barriers of nation and culture. Consumers now demand excellent quality from the industry that produces large volumes of high quality vegetables to be sold locally, regionally and shipped internationally. The diseases that affect vegetables compromise such quality and therefore are of great importance to grower, shipper, marketer, and consumer.
This book focuses primarily on diseases that are caused by pathogens. With chapters and subchapters written by working on specific vegetables disease, the volume covers many vegetable including Solanum tuberosum, Beta vulgaris, Lycopersicum esculentum, Brasica oleraceae, Cucurbita pepo, Solanum melongena, Cucumis sativus, Daucus sativus, and many more. Chapters dealing with the general principles of the causes, diagnosis favorable conditions for disease development, and the latest management strategies for disease prevention and mitigation in vegetable crops. Each disease entry includes a brief introduction to the disease, detailed description of disease symptoms, information on the pathogen and disease development, and suggestions on how to manage the problem. Top quality color photos illustrate the book throughout.
This book is useful to a range of professionals including research and extension plant pathologists; diagnosticians and plant lab personnel; teachers of agriculture and related subjects; university students in agriculture and related fields; commercial farmers, vegetable producers, and farm managers; agriculturalists in the fields of seed production, vegetable breeding, agrichemicals, pest control, marketing, and other subjects; government and regulatory persons dealing with agriculture; serious gardeners and hobbyists and anyone working with vegetable crops.