This book is specially written for
researchers at various levels, for example, in forestry, agriculture, industry,
university and college laboratories. It describes the fungal pathogenicity,
resistance behavior of fungal biofilms and its mechanisms, different categories
of fungal infection and colonization patterns with example relevant to soybean,
characteristics of white rob of corncob and head smut of maize such as cycle,
pathogenicity factors, control methods, the abilities of chitosan and its
derivatives to elicit resistance reactions in plants and its action in the
production and viability of fungal spores, and the mode of actions of single
constituents of different essential oils depending on different case studies.
Plant pathology is an applied science that deals with the
nature, causes and control of plant diseases in agriculture and forestry. The
vital role of plant pathology in attaining food security and food safety for the
world cannot be overemphasized.
This note explains the following topics: What is Plant Pathology, Disease
Definitions, Abiotic vs. Biotic, Fe2+ deficiency or Soil pH, Fungal pathogens,
Infectious Diseases, Viruses , Phytoplasmas, Bacteria, Disease Diagnosis,
General Disease Managemen and Tools for Plant Disease Management.