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Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Fourth Edition
Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Fourth Edition

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  • The most comprehensive treatment of diseases in both warm-season and cool-season turfgrass species

  • Contains 333 figures, more than 200 of which are new, highlighting common turfgrass disease symptoms for accurate diagnosis

  • Incorporates research-based information on disease epidemiology and management, with updated taxonomy and common names

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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!

Thank you to the sponsors of this new edition, whose support allows this book to be more affordable to a wide audience.

Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Fourth Edition


Grasses Managed as Turfs
Diseases and Their Causal Agents
Ecological Groupings of Pathogens and Parasites
Pathogens and Their Environment

Part I. Infectious Diseases

Diseases of Foliage and Crowns
Anthracnose Diseases of Cool-Season Turfgrasses
Anthracnose Diseases of Warm-Season Turfgrasses
Ascochyta Leaf Blight
Bacterial Diseases of Turfgrasses
Bipolaris and Exserohilum Diseases
Copper Spot (Zonate Leaf Spot)
Cream Leaf Blight
Curvularia Diseases
Damping-Off (Seedling Diseases)
Dollar Spot
Gray Leaf Spot
Leaf Smuts
Pink Patch
Powdery Mildew
Pyrenophora (Drechslera) Diseases
Pythium Blight
Rapid Blight
Red Thread
Southern Blight
Yellow Tuft (Downy Mildew)
Rhizoctonia and Waitea Diseases
Brown Patch
Brown Ring Patch
Large Patch
Leaf and Sheath Spot
Yellow Patch
Snow Mold and Other Low-Temperature Diseases
Coprinus Snow Mold
Gray Snow Mold
Microdochium Patch
Pythium Snow Blight
Snow Scald
Speckled Snow Mold
Diseases of Roots, Rhizomes, and Stolons
Dead Spot
Necrotic Ring Spot
Pythium Root Rot
Pythium Root Dysfunction
Spring Dead Spot
Summer Patch
Take-All Patch
Take-All Root Rot and Bermudagrass Decline
Other, Less Commonly Observed Diseases
Cephalosporium Stripe
Cercosporoid and Cercosporoid-like Fungal Diseases
Cladosporium Eyespot
Fusarium Diseases
Leptosphaerulina Leaf Blight
Mastigosporium Leaf Spot
Microdochium Diseases
Mollicute Diseases
Nigrospora Blight
Physoderma Leaf Spot and Leaf Streak
Primitive Root-Infecting Fungus-like Organisms
Pseudoseptoria Leaf Spot
Ramularia Leaf Spot
Septoria and Stagonospora Leaf Spots
Spermospora Leaf Spot
Tar Spot
Viral Diseases
White Blight
Yellow Ring

Part II. Noninfectious Agents

Biotic Agents of Noninfectious Diseases

Black Layer
Fairy Ring
Superficial Fairy Ring
Slime Molds
Insect Pests
Thatch Collapse
Abiotic Agents of Noninfectious Diseases

Chemical Agents
Physical Agents
Mechanical Agents
Physiological Disorders of Turfgrasses

Summer Bentgrass Decline
Summer Decline of Bermudagrass Greens
Centipedegrass Decline

Part III. Disease Management

Sanitation, Exclusion, and Avoidance
Disease-Resistant Species and Cultivars
Endophytic Fungi
Management of Turfgrass Climate and Culture
Disease Management with Synthetic Chemistries
Nontarget Effects of Pesticides
Biological Control

Part IV. Disease Diagnosis

The Art and Science of Disease Diagnosis: A Stepwise Approach
Distinguishing Abiotic and Biotic Issues in Turfgrasses




Publish Date: 2023
Format: 8.5” x 11” softcover
ISBN: Print: 978-0-89054-687-1
Epub: 978-0-89054-689-5
Online: 978-0-89054-688-8
Pages: 188
Publication Weight: 3 lbs

Edited by Lane P. Tredway, Maria Tomaso-Peterson, James P. Kerns, and Bruce B. Clarke

List Price:129.00
Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Fourth Edition

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