The changed agricultural scenario has to focus our attention on way is to check plant diseases, cut crop losses, avoid-wide fluctuations in productions and sustain the higher levels of productivity. The issue facing agricultural and in particular disease control is, therefore, managing the plant disease severity below the economic threshold following ecologically safe, economically viable and easily operational procedures. The integrated disease management (IDM) strategy is targeted to achieve this objective.
The present book "Plant Diseases and Its Management" incorporates critical review and research articles on important plant diseases and their management strategies. This volume contain 19 chapters covering diseases of economically important plants and their management. Chapters covers diseases of wheat, barley, kodo-millet, soybean, coconut, pulses, sugarcane, rice, cluster bean and their mode of management. Other important articles included are: management of ganoderma stem rot disease of Prosopis cineraria through biocontrol fungi; diversity of fungal biocontrol agents and their uses in agriculture; agriculturally important microorganisms and sustainable agriculture; microbial and botanical biopesticides in plant disease management. Book also includes articles on virus disease of cowpea; role of biological proteins in the management of plant viruses; virus free plant through meristem tip culture; phytoplasma of sugarcane and its control. Detailed information is given on microbial versatility towards plant and phytonematode management and microbes in the management of plant diseases. The book will be useful to all students and researchers in plant pathology, agriculture, botany and plant protection.