Tree Diseases and Pests

Tree Diseases and Pests

Tree Diseases and Pests

1st Edition - July 29, 2022

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  • Editors: Fred Asiegbu, Andriy Kovalchuk
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443186943

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Forest Microbiology: Tree Diseases and Pests, Volume Three in the Forest Microbiology series, provides an overview of major disease agents of trees, including viruses, phytoplasma, bacteria, fungi, nematodes and major insect pests. With a strong emphasis on genetics, biochemistry, physiology, evolutionary biology and population dynamics of the organisms involved, this book provides a comprehensive understanding on the health of forests. Sections cover important pest threats such as bark beetles, emerald ash borer, coffee borers, leaf cutting ants, cocoa mirids, and more. This volume highlights a range of emerging diseases of forest trees in temperate and tropic regions as well as information on habitats. Forest trees play crucial roles not only for mitigating effects of the climate change but also for their considerable economic and ecological value. Forest trees are equally vital as an alternative bioenergy source and play important roles in pollution abatement and the maintenance of biodiversity. Timber and its associated products from forest trees contribute substantially to the revenue generation of many countries of the world.

Key Features

  • Includes case studies of complex diseases of economically important trees
  • Highlights novel approaches to managing tree pests and diseases in a changing climate
  • Focuses on the many functions of microbial disease agents of trees
  • Addresses major insect pests of boreal, temperate and tropical trees


Forest scientists, ecologists, wood scientists, students of forestry and wood science and technology, foresters and forest pathologists, wood biologists, and those interested in the effects of microbes and other pests on forest and tree health

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Forest and Tree Resilience
    1. Forest resources and sustainable management
    2. Anatomical, chemical, and molecular defenses of forest trees

    Part II: Viruses, Phytoplasma, and other complex diseases
    3. Viral diseases of trees
    4. Phytoplasma diseases of trees
    5. Witch’s broom disease

    Part III: Bacteria Diseases of Trees
    6. Bacterial diseases (including blight, wilt, galls, wetwood, scorch and canker)

    Part IV. Nematode diseases of trees
    7. Nematode diseases of trees
    8. Beech leaf disease caused by nematodes

    Part V: Insects and other pests of forest trees
    9. Insect pests of boreal and temperate forest trees
    10. Coffee pests
    11. Eucalyptus pests
    12. Vertebrate herbivore browsing and impact on forest production

    Part VI: Complex diseases of economically important trees (case examples)
    13. Dynamics of disease complex of cashew trees
    14. Cocoa disease complex
    15. Eucalyptus diseases
    16. Oil palm tree diseases
    17. Acacia tree diseases
    18. Disease of rubber trees
    19. Diseases of Bamboo trees
    20. Diseases of conifer trees

Product details

  • No. of pages: 516
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: July 29, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443186943

About the Editors

Fred Asiegbu

Dr Asiegbu has been the professor of forest pathology at the University of Helsinki since 2007. He has a master’s degree in applied microbiology and plant pathology, and a PhD in biotechnology. His major research focus has been the application of biotechnology knowledge and tools for the determination of ecological, molecular and biochemical pathways required by emerging fungal and forest pathogens to spread, infect and cause disease to trees worldwide. He has been a member of the faculty interdisciplinary Master's Programme in Biotechnology and is also an invited professor at Nanjing Forestry University in China.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Forest Pathology, University of Helsinki, Finland

Andriy Kovalchuk

Dr Kovalchuk is a researcher at the University of Helsinki. He has a PhD in molecular biology and has over 30 peer-reviewed journal publications on forest microbiomes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre and University of Helsinki, Finland

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