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Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Disease
Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Disease

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  • Introduces the key biological aspects of plant-pathogen interactions framed by ecological and evolutionary theory
  • Provides a succinct and unified introduction to the organisms involved in plant disease interactions
  • Incorporates examples from both agriculture and wild ecosystems
  • Presents short primers on field and lab techniques and analytical approaches used in contemporary studies in plant pathology and evolutionary ecology
  • Written by two of the leading researchers in the field, and based on a proven, novel course structure

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By Gregory S. Gilbert and Ingrid M. Parker

Gregory S. Gilbert is Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, USA. He is a plant pathologist and forest ecologist, and his research interests include the dynamics of plant and fungal communities, as well as the application of evolutionary ecology to environmental problem solving. He is the Director of the UCSC Forest Ecology Research Plot and is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama.

Ingrid M. Parker is Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, USA. She is a plant evolutionary ecologist, and her research interests include plant disease ecology, the invasion of non-native species, the evolution of domestication, ecological restoration, and plant conservation. She is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama.

Understanding the symbiosis between plants and pathogenic microbes is at the core of effective disease management for crops and managed forests. At the same time, plant-pathogen interactions comprise a wonderfully diverse set of ecological relationships that are powerful and yet so commonplace that they often go unnoticed.

Ecologists and evolutionary biologists are increasingly exploring the terrain of plant disease ecology, investigating topics such as how pathogens shape diversity in plant communities, how features of plant-microbe interactions including host range and mutualism/antagonism evolve, and how biological invasions, climate change, and other agents of global change can drive disease emergence. Traditional training in ecology and evolutionary biology seldom provides structured exposure to plant pathology or microbiology, and training in plant pathology rarely offers depth in the theoretical frameworks of evolutionary ecology or includes examples from complex wild ecosystems. This novel textbook seeks to unite the research communities of plant disease ecology and plant pathology by bridging this gap.

The Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Disease


Preface
Endorsements


Part 1: Plant Pathogens and Disease

1. Thinking like a plant disease ecologist
2. How to be a plant
3. How to be a fungus
4. How to be an oomycete
5. How to be a bacterium
6. How to be a virus
7. How to be a macroparasite
8. Types of diseases
9. How to do disease ecology


Part 2: Evolutionary Ecology of Plant-Pathogen Symbioses

10. The population ecology of plant disease
11. Spatial ecology
12. Physiology and genetics
13. Evolution
14. Community ecology
15. The plant microbiome
16. Global change
17. Disease management

Epilogue
Index

Publish Date: 2023
Format: 7.5" x 10" softcover
Pages: 311
Publication Weight: 2 lbs

By Gregory S. Gilbert and Ingrid M. Parker

The Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Disease

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