14.2 A few examples of headline crop diseases

There are too many plant pathogenic fungi for us to list here, so we will limit our examples to a few that illustrate specific general points that we will develop in more detail later in this Chapter.

The pages that immediately follow give only a brief description of only a handful of the numerous fungal diseases of plants. If you would like to get more information on plant diseases we suggest you look at the URLs shown in the Resources Box below.

Resources Box

More information about plant pathogens

More information about plant pathogens can be found in the British Society of Plant Pathology’s Pathogen profiles, which are a regular feature in the journal Molecular Plant Pathology and BSPPWeb providing brief overviews of the latest research on particular pathogens.

Profile summaries are available at http://www.bspp.org.uk/ [go to <Publications> and then click on <Molecular Pl. Pathology>]
Full articles can be downloaded from the Blackwell Molecular Plant Pathology web site [http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=1464-6722&site=1]

We would also strongly recommend a visit to the teaching materials on the website maintained by the Department of Plant Pathology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA at this URL:


Updated December 17, 2016