Fusarium Wilts of Greenhouse Vegetable and Ornamental Crops not only reflects current thinking on the topic of Fusarium wilts but considers them in the context of the greenhouse—an agricultural setting that has become increasingly prevalent, particularly for certain crops.
Fusarium wilts have always presented a challenge to greenhouse growers of vegetable and ornamental crops. The crops in this category are economically important and environmentally significant, and their care is vital to the world economy and food supply. An update on this topic is long overdue, and editors Lodovica Gullino, Katan, and Garibaldi have brought together the world’s leading authorities on Fusarium diseases for a global perspective, as reflected by the international assortment of both chapter authors and research studies cited.
The book begins with a review of the genus Fusarium that addresses its biology, epidemiology, genetics, and diagnosis. This review includes coverage of improved diagnostic tools that permit better discrimination of formae speciales, a crucial advance that is vital in this century-long battle with Fusarium pathogens.
Management strategies, cultural practices, and genetic approaches for preventing or containing the disease are covered in depth and provide an integrated arsenal of tactics—from breeding for resistance to irrigation to chemical controls. The case studies in the book provide specific discussions of key greenhouse crops, giving the reader applied knowledge for diagnostic and prevention strategies by crop or crop type. Greenhouse growers and those that advise them will gain valuable insight to put into practice right away.
Anyone studying the impact of Fusarium wilts will consider this book a major addition to the scientific knowledge on the topic. This text provides a complete overview of Fusarium wilt diseases and many of the most important hosts that they affect. The book will be a core resource for students, researchers, and Extension professionals worldwide.