Nematode Vectors of Plant Viruses, Volume 2 by F. Lamberti, C. E. Taylor and J. W. Seinhorst

Bibliographic Information:
Title: Nematode Vectors of Plant Viruses
Editor: F. Lamberti
C. E. Taylor
J. W. Seinhorst
Volume: 2nd
Publisher: Springer
Length: 499 pages
Size: 16.5 MB
Language: English

Although nematodes had long been suspected as vectors of soilborne
plant diseases, unequivocal proof of their implication was not
forthcoming until 1958 when Professor William Hewitt and his
colleagues in California demonstrated experimentally that Xiphinema
~ was the vector of grapevine fanleaf virus. This opened up a
new and exciting field in plant pathology and discoveries quickly
followed of other nematode species associated with soil-borne
diseases of many different crops and in several countries. After
the initial enthusiasm of discovering new vectors and new viruses
there followed a period of consolidation in which research workers
sought answers to tantalising questions about the location of the
virus within the nematode, the factors governing the close specificity
between virus and vector; and more mundane but equally
important and compelling questions about life cycles, geographical
distribution, host relations, morphology and taxonomy. No other
group of nematodes has attracted such a concentrated effort involving
many different scientific specialisations and yielding so much
progress in a relatively short time.
The NATO Advanced Study Institute held at Riva dei Tessali,
Italy, during 19 May to 2 June, 1974, provided the forum for a
critical discussion of all aspects of biology of virus vector nematodes.
Indeed, the occasion brought together most of the nematologists
and several of the virologists who are working in this particular
field and these published Proceedings therefore represent a
comprehensive and authoritative account of the subject, with the
summarised discussions providing further critical appraisals and
suggestions for future investigations.
The Institute was an undoubted success due mainly to the
enthusiasm and interest of all those who participated, and we hope
that this is reflected in this book to the enjoyment of all who
read it. We thank the many helpers from the University of Bari who
assisted with the administration and organisation of the Institute
at Riva dei Tessali, and typists, photographers and graphic artists
at the Scottish Horticultural Research Institute who were involved
in the preparation of typescripts for publication.

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