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- Publisher: Collins
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 148mm x 214mm x 20mm | 662g
- Publication date: 4 October 1999
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0002200759
- ISBN 13: 9780002200752
- Illustrations note: 200 col illus, With index
- Sales rank: 307,193
Between 1845 and 1851 one and a half million Irish men, women and children died in misery from starvation and disease; the result of potato blight, a fungal disease that destroyed their potato crops. A million more people, driven to despair by the succession of appalling harvests, emigrated, mostly to America. So it was that a plant disease changed the course of history, its economic effects causing not only social but also major political upheaval. Many plant diseases have had far reaching social and economic effects, so the study of these diseases is of interest and importance to scientist, horticulturists, agricultualists and foresters. The authors draw on personal observations in the field, and laboratory to discuss all types of diseases caused by fungi, from rots and mildews to rusts, smuts and tumours. The symptoms encountered in the wild are described, together with their causes. A final chapter discusses the diseases caused by viruses and bacteria.
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Noel Robertson: started out as a plant pathologist in Africa. He then became a lecturer in plant pathology at Cambrdge University before taking up the post of Professor of Botany at the University of Hull. He then became Professor of Agriculture at Edinburgh University. He is now retired. David S. Ingram: has held numerous academic posts at Universities in England and Scotland. He has also held posts at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Director), the Royal Horticultural Society (Professor of Horticulture) and is President of the British Society for Plant Pathology.