Among horticultural crops, fruits and vegetables are of primary
importance for an adequate and balanced human diet. In certain
parts of the world, fruits and vegetables are the major dietary
staple. Apart from being a rich source of vitamins and minerals,
the production of fruits and vegetables also contributes
significantly to regional and national economies through national
and international trade. However, the cultivation of these crops
for optimum yield and quality is highly technical and needs
improved technological support. Management of perennial fruit crops
requires further close monitoring especially for the management of
diseases which affect production and subsequent post-harvest losses
During the twentieth century, plant pathology has witnessed a
dramatic advance in management of fruit and vegetable diseases
through in-depth investigations of host-pathogen interactions,
development of molecular diagnostic tools, integration of new
concepts, principles and approaches. The new millennium promises
excitement and hope for the future by new advances in eco-friendly
technologies in integrated disease management of fruits and
This book contains a comprehensive overview of current practice in
diagnosis and management of diseases of fruits and vegetables. It
includes the latest diagnostic tools and management strategies of
almost all the important temperate, tropical and subtropical fruits
and vegetables. For each individual crop various aspects of
diseases such as the diagnosis, forecast, elimination of diseases
and integrated management at nursery, orchard and post-harvest
stage are discussed by leading plant pathologists. The diseases of
economic importance caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses and
virus-like organisms and nematodes of each crop are covered,
describing their history, distribution, losses incurred, symptoms,
diagnostic tools, epidemiology and integrated applied management
approaches including cultural, chemical, genetic resources and the
use of bio-control agents. Each chapter is vividly illustrated with
photographs of typical symptoms, graphs, tables and line drawings
to make the subject more interesting and easy to understand for
students, scientists, planners, administrators, growers and other
Volume I covers diseases of fruits including apple, citrus, grapes,
mango and pineapple and of vegetables such as carrot, celery and
cucurbits, with special reference to integrated disease management
Volume II covers diseases of fruits including avocado, banana,
grapes, guava, papaya, passion fruit, strawberry, stone fruits and
minor tropical and subtropical fruits. Vegetables such as lettuce,
pea, pepper, potato, onion and garlic have been included in this
volume besides the role of mycorrhiza and biocontrol agents in
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