Water and Plant Disease

Water and Plant Disease

1st Edition - May 28, 1978

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  • Editor: T.T. Kozlowski
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323155175

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Water Deficits and Plant Growth, Volume V: Water and Plant Disease presents a comprehensive treatment of the role of water deficits and excesses in the plant disease complex. This book highlights water relations of diseased plants and the effects of water stress induced by disease and environmental factors, along with water deficits related to disease and water stress as a predisposing factor in plant disease. This volume is organized into nine chapters and begins with an overview of the water relations of diseased plants, focusing on root, foliar, and shoot diseases, as well as vascular wilts. The following chapters examine the effects of water deficits on pathogen and host, the degree and duration of water deficits as predisposing factors in plant disease, and important abiotic diseases induced by water deficits and excess. The discussion then turns to water in relation to active and passive liberation of spores, as well as to the infection process. This book also explains soil moisture in relation to spread and survival of pathogens, the link between water and seed decay, field and storage fungi that affect seeds, and water in relation to wood deterioration. This volume concludes with a chapter on moisture as a factor in epidemiology and the forecasting of disease. This book is a valuable resource for scientists and investigators in fields such as botany, plant pathology, forestry, agriculture, and biology.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Contents of Other Volumes

    1. Water Relations of Diseased Plants

    I. Introduction

    II. Solutes and Cell Water Relations

    III. Root Diseases

    IV. Vascular Wilts

    V. Shoot Diseases

    VI. Foliar Diseases

    VII. Combined Effects of Water Stress Induced by Disease and Environment

    VIII. Conclusions


    2. Water Stress as a Predisposing Factor in Plant Disease

    I. Introduction

    II. Water Deficits Associated with Disease

    III. Effect of Water Stress on the Pathogen

    IV. Effect of Water Stress on the Host

    V. Influence of Water Stress on Plant Diseases

    VI. Control and Measurement of Water Deficits in Disease Research

    VII. Degree of Water Stress as a Predisposing Factor

    VIII. Duration of Water Stress as a Predisposing Factor

    IX. Influence of Water Stress on Host Defense Responses

    X. Concluding Remarks


    3. Abiotic Diseases Induced by Unfavorable Water Relations

    I. Introduction

    II. Diseases Induced by Water Excesses

    III. Diseases Induced by Water Deficits

    IV. Diseases Induced by Alternating Stresses


    4. Water and Spore Liberation

    I. Introduction

    II. Active Spore Liberation

    III. Passive Spore Liberation

    IV. Dry and Wet Air Spora


    5. Water and the Infection Process

    I. Introduction

    II. Moisture and Spore Germination

    III. Water Content of Spores

    IV. Swelling or Shrinking of Spores during Germination

    V. Moisture and Infection

    VI. Sources of Moisture

    VII. Manipulation of Water to Control Disease


    6. Effect of Soil Moisture on Survival and Spread of Pathogens

    I. Introduction

    II. Fungal Response to Water Potential

    III. Soil Water Content and Microbial Activity


    7. Moisture and Seed Decay

    I. Fungi and Seed Quality

    II. Longevity of Seeds

    III. Field Fungi

    IV. Storage Fungi

    V. Measurement of Moisture Content


    8. Moisture and Deterioration of Wood

    I. Introduction

    II. Kinds of Deterioration

    III. Organisms Responsible

    IV. Measurement of Moisture Content

    V. Distribution of Water in Wood

    VI. Characteristics of Deteriorated Wood

    VII. The Role of Moisture in Deterioration

    VIII. Subsidiary Factors

    IX. Prevention of Deterioration

    X. Evaluation of Resistance to Deterioration


    9. Moisture as a Factor in Epidemiology and Forecasting

    I. Introduction

    II. Forms of Moisture: Significance and Measurement

    III. Moisture as a Factor in Epidemiology

    IV. Moisture as a Factor in Forecasting


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 341
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: May 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323155175

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