Since publication of the first edition in 1983, nearly 50,000 copies of Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases have been distributed to six continents and translated into three languages. The compendium has consistently held best-selling status across its three editions.
Many advances in turfgrass pathology have occurred since publication of the third edition in 2005, calling for a revised edition. Approximately half of the fourth edition text is new or revised, and more than 200 new, high-quality figures have been added—including disease symptom images, photomicrographs, pathogen drawings, and disease cycle diagrams.
Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Fourth Edition, is a thorough resource on turfgrass diseases, their pathogenic causes, and their effective management. The editors’ combined experience, which exceeds 100 years, paired with contributions from 23 U.S. scientists and specialists ensures the utmost accuracy.
While previous editions focused on diseases of cool-season grasses grown in northern, temperate climates, this fourth edition also emphasizes warm-season turfgrass diseases, which will benefit scientists and practitioners in all climates. The new edition covers approximately 75 diseases and abiotic disorders, with detailed descriptions of characteristic symptoms and causal agents. The cycle and the epidemiology of each disease are described, with emphasis on the conditions that stimulate disease development—helping to prevent disease altogether.
The compendium is organized into four parts: infectious diseases, noninfectious agents, disease management, and disease diagnosis. Topics include turfgrass characteristics, the damage caused by noninfectious agents in the turfgrass ecosystem, the ecology and taxonomy of fungi pathogenic to turfgrasses, research-based integrated management approaches (emphasizing the use of resistant cultivars or species, cultural management practices, and proper timing of fungicide application when necessary), and basic diagnostic procedures.
The book also includes an introduction, appendix, glossary, and index. Plus, references sections throughout the book include key sources for further reading on each topic, providing a gateway to the primary literature on turfgrass diseases.
Compendium of Turfgrasses, Fourth Edition, offers a practical and technical reference, blending descriptive terminology with the technical language of plant pathology to accommodate all knowledge levels within the diverse audience of practitioners, academics, and industry workers involved in fine turf. This is a must-have reference for golf course superintendents, lawn care professionals, grounds managers, sports field managers, sod growers, agronomists, turfgrass consultants, educators, turfgrass scientists, plant pathologists, Extension professionals, plant disease diagnosticians, undergraduate/graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, R&D scientist sales representatives, technical representatives, technical managers, brand managers, and turf fertilizer and turf products marketing managers.
If this is you, Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Fourth Edition, belongs on your turf!
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