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ADVANCES IN PLANT DISEASE MANAGEMENT by Hung-Chang Huang and Surya N. Acharya (Editors); Publisher: Research Signpost, Trivandrum, Kerala, India; Year of Publication: 2003; Pages 448; Format: Hardcover; ISBN: 81-7736-191-0; Price: US $ 150.00

By Saikat Kumar Basu*

Guyana Journal, February 2012

An excellent production to state in brief…the editors have executed a commendable job in bringing this exciting volume on plant disease management. What is more exciting about the current volume is the fact that they have highlighted sustainable, environment friendly methods and approaches in disease control without involving chemicals that have detrimental impact on the local agro-ecosystem - in the editors' own words “…environment friendly disease control measures instead of relying solely on chemical pesticides for crop protection.” This paradigm shift from conventional/traditional chemical control approach towards non-conventional/non-traditional environmental or green approach is the major crux of the present volume.

This volume includes a wide diversity of fungal, bacterial and viral disease management practices in different crop species such as legumes, oil seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, ornamentals, grapevines, strawberries, cereals, potato, alfalfa and related forage crops, floral and nursery crops, to name a few. The volume deals with different essential topics on plant disease management from mechanical, cultural and biocontrol approaches to application of modern genetic engineering and biotechnological methods. The volume highlights on the fundamentals of disease management strategies in a wide array of crop species belonging to different angiospermic families, different biochemical pathways operational in different plant members in relation to disease resistance and how to utilize this natural disease resistance mechanism available in them to control disease incidence and eradicate pathogen attacks.

In addition the book also covers interesting topics such as allelopathy, disease incidence, pathogenesis, mitigation. The editors have maintained a delicate balance between application of breeding and agronomy along with recent approaches of molecular biology. The contributors are mostly from the three continents North America, Europe and Asia. It would have been nice to see some contributions from Africa, Latin America and Oceania too. This could be an inspirational source for a potential opportunity to develop a second volume in the near future. In a true sense this has been a treasure volume with lucid language style, captivating images and illustrations, exclusive word diagrams and schematic flow charts, well organized bibliographic sections and reader friendly indexing to pinpoint important search keywords related to plant disease management.

This book could very easily serve as a handy reference to students and researchers in Plant Pathology, Mycology, Virology, Agriculture, Plant Breeding, Plant Disease Diagnostics, Forestry, Agronomy, Crop Development/Production, Plant Genetics, Agriculture, Microbiology, Crop Physiology, Plant Biochemistry, Environmental Biology, and in general Biology and Life Science curriculum. This will be a suitable reference material for basic courses in Biology, Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Forestry, Agriculture and Environmental Science at both under graduate and post graduate level.

Saikat Kumar Basu
School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Center for Applied Arts and Sciences, Lethbridge College, 3000 College Drive South, Lethbridge, AB Canada T1K 1L6; email:

*School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Center for Applied Arts and Sciences, Lethbridge College, 3000 College Drive South, Lethbridge, AB Canada T1K 1L6;