Plant disease often are the worst natural hazards in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. New diseases and new biotypes of existing disease producing organisms appear from time to time in more virulent forms. The most starling aspect of plant diseases is that their management cost us a huge sum every year with serious consequences in environment and human health. Therefore, integrated disease management practices need to be refined and adopted to reduce the crop losses.
In this book, the current status of various aspects of integrated disease management in fruits, vegetable, ornamentals, cereals, pulses, oilseeds, medicinal and forest plants etc. has been analyzed. Major focus is on the integrated disease management in horticultural crops. Emphasis has been given to the use of non-chemical methods like cultural practices, soil solarization, plant growth promoting microorganism, organic amendments, botanicals and biocontrol agents. It is hoped that the book will serve as an important guide to the plant pathologists, horticulturists, nematologists, micro-biologists, mushroom scientists, breeders and students.
About Author :
Dr. R.C. Sharma, Professor, did his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from IARI, New Delhi. Recipient of Himachal Pradesh University Gold Medal, Aspee Gold Medal, Lal Bhadur Shastri and Major J. Sharma Guleri Memorial Gold Medals. Dr. Sharma was awarded French Government Fellowship and worked as Post-Doctoral Fellow in the University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France (1983-84). He was UNDP/FAO Fellow at CSIRO, Canberra, Australia during 1989. He was President of Indian Phytopathological Society, (North Zone) for the year 2003 and Councillor during 1992.
Dr. J.N. Sharma, Plant Pathologist, Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology did his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan. A meritorious student throughtout, awarded merit scholarship in B.Sc. (Agri.), ICAR(HRDP) scholarship in M.Sc. (Agri.) and ICAR (UNDP) fellowship in Ph.D. He is credited with the diagnosis and control of premature leaf fall problem of apple in Himachal Pradesh and was awarded a certificate of honour and cash prize by Dr. Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan for this break-through. Recipient of P.P. Singhal Memorial Pesticides India Commendation Award in 2000 from the Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology.
Cereal, Pulse and Oilseed Crops
Forest and Medicinal Plants