Ref: Saluja, G., Pandya, P. Annual Review of Phytopathology, Volume 40, 2002 by Robert K. Webster (Editor), Gregory Shaner (Associate Editor) and Neal K. Van Alfen (Associate Editor), Annual Reviews (Book Review). Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Book Reviews, 2010; Vol. 9, No. 1 (January - June 2010): ; Published January 1, 2010, (Accessed:
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...Plant pathology is all about preventing and controlling plant diseases for the benefit of society in general and agriculture in particular... All the chapters are inclined towards this very perspective. In spite of carrying a mission, the book is highly sophisticated and is not likely to attract interest of a wide spectrum of readers, but may prove to be an essential guide to researchers and students of related fields...
Annual Review of Phytopathology, Volume 40, 2002 by Robert K. Webster (Editor), Gregory Shaner (Associate Editor) and Neal K. Van Alfen (Associate Editor), Hard Cover, 9.3" x 6.3" x 1.2".
Annual Reviews, 4139 El Camino Way, P.O. BOX 10139, Palo Alto, California, USA : xii + 539 Pages: Publication Date: October 2002: ISSN 0066-4286: ISBN-10: 0824313402;ISBN-13: 978-0824313401: Price $150.00
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The book no doubt is entirely subject oriented and is likely to arouse interest of botanists, plant pathologists and readers of related branches. All the reviews are illustrated accounts of the works carried out by their respective authors. The language used is sophisticated.
The first chapter-'one foot in the furrow' by D.E.Mathre accompanied by his smiling photograph brings genuine smiles on reader's face. The reader feels listening to the author's experiences rather than going through a book. He proves his point in being a plant pathologist by penning these lines "(page 1, first paragraph)". This chapter is an attempt to show how this philosophy (one foot in the furrow) has affected his life and career hopefully for the better, and how it can serve the profession well as we proceed into the 21st century".
Thereafter, the book presents some very useful work in the field of plant pathology. The review-"Evolutionary ecology of plant diseases in natural ecosystems, describes the plant and pathogen interactions, the effect of pathogens on wild plants and the importance as well as necessity of maintaining plant species diversity.
One of the important reviews-"making an ally from enemy: plant virology and the new agriculture", emphasizes the use of recombinant proteins for use in therapeutic, vaccine and functional genomics applications. The last portion focuses on increasing yield, reducing cost and improving quality of plant-derived products. The last four reviews can be of real interest to agriculturists. In the review-antibiotic use in plant agriculture, authors have taken into account all positive and negative aspects of the use of antibiotics. Some of the extracts are worth reading and are of genuine interest. As the authors say, they have designed this review to attract a potentially diverse readership. They have summarized the practical aspects of antibiotic use on plants. They have also put forward their perspective regarding the effect of antibiotic use on plants and on human health.
One of the striking features of the book is a continuous association of diagrams and figures along with descriptive account of the topics. E.g., fig 1,2,3 of review-TMV assembly and Disassembly.
Authors have suitably enriched their work by giving photographs wherever necessary. The colored photographs on glazed sheets ad vigor to the book. The data has been presented in best possible ways to elaborate the topics efficiently.
Plant pathology is all about preventing and controlling plant diseases for the benefit of society in general and agriculture in particular (page 11). All the chapters are inclined towards this very perspective.
In spite of carrying a mission, the book is highly sophisticated and is not likely to attract interest of a wide spectrum of readers, but may prove to be an essential guide to researchers and students of related fields.
-Geeta Saluja and Prateek Pandya
Dr. Geeta Saluja is a Wildlife Major, with a Ph.D. degree in wildlife from India. She has a strong liking for biology and chemistry, particularly biological and chemical terrorism. Her other areas of interest are environment awareness, astronomy and crime detection.
Prateek Pandya is a research scholar in the Department of Chemistry at Dayalbagh Educational Institute (D.E.I), Agra, UP, India. He can be contacted by clicking here.
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