Diseases of Vegetable Crops in Australia

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Diseases of Vegetable Crops in Australia provides a diagnostic guide and a key reference for diseases affecting vegetable crops in Australia.

This is an extensively revised and expanded edition of a previous publication that was a standard reference for the Australian vegetable industry. Authors from across Australia provide essential information about the important diseases affecting most vegetables grown across Australia’s diverse horticultural production areas.

The book includes an account of the causes of plant diseases and the principles underlying their control. It provides an overview of important diseases common to many Australian vegetable crops. Causal pathogens, symptoms, source of infection, how the diseases are spread and recommended management are described for 36 major and specialty crops. Special reference is made to exotic diseases that are biosecurity threats to Australian vegetable production.

The text is supported by quality color images to help growers diagnose diseases.

This handbook is for growers, their consultants and managers, horticulturists, plant pathologists, plant protection diagnosticians, integrated pest management specialists, educators, students and agribusiness representatives, as well as the enthusiastic home gardener and hobby farmer.

• Written in a straightforward style with a minimum of scientific terms
• Introductory chapter outlines the causes of diseases and principles of management
• Each disease is extensively illustrated with high quality color photographs. Over 190 pages of color plates
• Contains a comprehensive glossary and provides up-to-date sources of further information

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780643096387
  • Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Series: Landlinks Press Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Denis Persley is a Principal Plant Pathologist with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F). He has extensive research experience in the identification and control of virus diseases in plants. He is also an experienced extension specialist and coordinates information systems for integrated vegetable crop protection. Denis has coordinated and contributed to previous handbooks of fruit and vegetable diseases published by DPI&F, particularly as editor of Diseases of Vegetable Crops published by DPI&F in 1994.

Tony Cooke is a Senior Experimental Officer with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F). He has extensive experience in diseases of tropical and sub-tropical fruit. His work in research and extension is undertaken both in Australia and internationally. Tony’s focus has been to reduce postharvest disease losses which can be extensive in markets. He has collaborated on previous handbooks of fruit and vegetable diseases published by DPI&F.

Susan House is a specialist in information extension with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, teaming with scientists to create electronic and print resources for agricultural industries. She has developed handbooks and web products for producers in forestry, horticulture and viticulture. Her pursuit of science writing and communication developed from 15 years’ experience in research, teaching and publishing in biological sciences, including reproductive ecology of Australian rainforest and woodland trees.

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Table of Contents





1 Plant diseases - an introduction Heidi Martin Martin, Heidi 1

2 Common diseases of vegetable crops Graham Stirling Stirling, Graham 15

3 Asian vegetables Barry Conde Conde, Barry 35

4 Asparagus Bob Davis Davis, Bob 45

5 Bean Heidi Martin Martin, Heidi 51

6 Beetroot and silver beet Heidi Martin Martin, Heidi 67

7 Brassicas (crucifers) Heidi Martin Martin, Heidi 73

8 Capsicum (pepper) Murray Sharman Sharman, Murray 87

9 Carrot Denis Persley Persley, Denis 99

10 Celery Denis Persley Persley, Denis 107

11 Cucurbits Heidi Martin Martin, Heidi 113

12 Eggplant (aubergine) Heidi Martin Martin, Heidi 139

13 Ginger Graham Stirling Stirling, Graham 143

14 Herbs and speciality crops Denis Persley Persley, Denis 149

15 Lettuce Cherie Gambley Gambley, Cherie 167

16 Onion and related crops (garlic, leek, shallot) Barbara Hall Hall, Barbara 179

17 Parsnip Desmond Auer Auer, Desmond 193

18 Pea Heidi Martin Martin, Heidi 197

19 Potato Denis Persley Persley, Denis 203

20 Rhubarb Denis Persley Persley, Denis 227

21 Sweet corn Denis Persley Persley, Denis 231

22 Sweetpotato Eric Coleman Coleman, Eric 239

23 Tomato Denis Persley Persley, Denis 245

Glossary 275

Index 278

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