Maria R. Finckh (Germany), Ariena H. C. van Bruggen (USA), and Lucius Tamm (Switzerland), eds. 

Published by APS Press of the American Phytopathological Society.

plan diseases bogSeveral textbooks have been written on the principles and practice of organic farming. Although a lot of research papers were published about plant diseases and their management in organic production systems, no textbook was available on this topic until the appearance of Plant Diseases and Their Management in Organic Agriculture this summer.
This comprehensive textbook is the result of over ten years of research and teaching organic agriculture and disease management by the editors and an international team of scientists and practitioners from Europe, North America, Middle and Latin America, and Africa. 

Plant diseases on organic crops cannot be managed curatively, and an integrated systems approach to disease management is indispensable. In this book the agricultural system effects on plant diseases are emphasized.

The book starts with a general introduction (part1) into the history and principles of organic agriculture, regulation and certification worldwide, and presents the reasons for writing the book.

In part 2, general principles of organic plant production are described, as well as their effects on microbial communities, pathogen fitness and plant resistance. This is followed by current organic practices for the production of annual and perennial crops in the field and vegetable crops in the greenhouse.

An overview of common plant diseases in organic agriculture is given in part 3, including detailed descriptions of airborne diseases, soilborne diseases caused by fungi and bacteria, diseases caused by nematodes, and vector-borne diseases.

In part 4, plant disease management strategies are presented, with chapters on crop rotation, water management, biodiversity enhancement, breeding for disease
resistance, seed health management, direct control of airborne and soilborne diseases, and food chain management. The book ends with case studies on organic disease management of specific crops (part 5), specifically potatoes, small grain cereals, rice, temperate legumes, vegetables, apples, grapes, bananas, and coffee.

Plant Diseases and Their Management in Organic Agriculture  is an important resource for any researcher, student, or practitioner wanting to learn about plant diseases and their management in organic agriculture.  It is not only of value for people interested in organic farming but will also be an inspiration for innovative studies and applications of ecological principles in other agricultural systems. It is a much needed addition to the textbooks on ecological agriculture and agroecology used by students, researchers and extension staff as well as for interested farmers, consultants, and other practitioners involved in organic agriculture.

The book offers valuable, detailed information that helps users understand the effects of farming systems on plant diseases, nutrients, soil fertility management, habitat management, and biodiversity. Many color photographs illustrate organic crop production practices and potential plant disease symptoms, aiding the readers in visually recognizing a wide range of diseases that may affect their crops.

A detailed description of this book can be found at:

http://www.apsnet.org/apsstore/shopapspress/Pages/44761.aspx

Ariena H. C. van Bruggen, professor of plant pathology

Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.