Plant Pathology Concepts and Laboratory Exercises, 3rd Edition by Bonnie H. Ownley and Robert N. Trigiano

Bibliographic Information:
Title: Plant Pathology Concepts and Laboratory Exercises 
Editor: Bonnie H. Ownley
Robert N. Trigiano
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: CRC Press (Taylor and Francis)
Length: 598 pages
Size: 22.7 MB
Language: English

We thank those instructors who have adopted the first two
editions of Plant Pathology Concepts and Laboratory
Exercises as a guide for their classes. We also are grateful
to them and their students and colleagues for providing
invaluable feedback and criticism of the previous editions.
We have incorporated many of their ideas into this
new, third edition, which includes combining concept
and laboratory chapters into one presentation, almost all
figures in color, more technical presentations of some
topics, a chapter on safety in the laboratory, treatment of
organic agriculture and disease, and more extensive chapters
about disease diagnostics. We have also improved the
binding of the book, which is now spiral bound, allowing
the students to access any page easily.
This edition of Plant Pathology Concepts and
Laboratory Exercises is intended to serve as a primary
text for introductory courses and furnishes instructors
and students alike with a broad consideration of this
important and growing field. It presents many useful
protocols and procedures and thus serves as a valuable
reference to researchers as well as students in beginning
and advanced plant pathology and allied biological
sciences courses. The book is intentionally written
informally to some extent as it provides the reader with
a minimum number of references, but does not lose any
essential information or accuracy. Broad topic chapters
are authored by specialists with considerable experience
in the field and are supported by one or more laboratory
exercises illustrating the central concepts of the topic.
Each chapter begins with a “Concept Box” highlighting
some of the more important ideas contained within the
chapter and signals students to read carefully for these
primary topics. There is an extensive glossary, which
appear as bolded words in each chapter. Collectively, the
laboratory exercises are exceptionally diverse in nature,
providing something for beginning to advanced students.
Most importantly, the authors have successfully
completed the exercises/experiments many times, often
with either plant pathology or biology classes or in their
own research laboratories. All the laboratory protocols
are written in procedure boxes that provide step-by-step,
easy-to-follow instructions. A unique feature of this text
is that the authors have provided the expected results of
each of the experiments in general terms. At the end of
each exercise, there are a series of questions designed to
provoke individual thought and critical examination of the
experiment and results. Our intention is that instructors
will not attempt to do all the experiments in each chapter,
but rather select one or two for each concept that serves
the needs and interests of their particular class. For an
advanced class, other experiments may be assigned to
resourceful students. We caution instructors and students
to obtain the proper documents for transport and use of
plant pathogenic organisms and to properly dispose of
cultures and plant materials at the end of the laboratory
exercises. We also support mandatory safety training that
is typically available online at many institutions.

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