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Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Third Edition
Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Third Edition

"This book would suit any level of knowledge from the most experienced pathologist to the teenager just beginning his training in turfgrass management…truly a well-written, well-illustrated and very up-to-date book…very much the diagnosticians bible…if you can only afford one plant disease book, this is the one…"
—European Journal of Plant Pathology

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The Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Third Edition is devoted entirely to the diagnosis and control of approximately 80 diseases affecting grasses maintained for fine turfs on residential and commercial lawns, sod farms, golf courses, sports fields, bowling greens, cemeteries, and other areas. Since it was first published in 1983, more than 45,000 copies of the Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases have been distributed all across the world. With information provided and reviewed by more than 40 plant pathologists and turf specialists, this book will help you identify problems quickly and accurately before they become unmanageable and costly to control. When a disease symptom occurs, infected areas of the turfgrass can be matched to one of the illustrations in the book and the accompanying text will provide more about the symptoms, causes, cycles and control of the disease identified.

The compendium is divided into four sections. The first section describes the characteristics of turfgrasses, while the second section discusses damage caused by noninfectious agents in the turfgrass ecosystem. The third section explores ecology and taxonomy of fungi pathogenic to turfgrasses. In the last section easy-to-understand diagnostic procedures are covered. References to technical literature and coverage of the most recent advances in turfgrass pathology will ensure access to the most current disease data and information available.

The text is complemented by numerous illustrations of turfgrass diseases, photomicrographs of many pathogens, diagrams of disease cycles, a glossary of terms, and an index. In addition, dichotomous keys for selected grasses and pathogens will help you identify grasses and pathogens to species, as well as identifying turfgrass diseases by environmental parameters, symptoms, and signs.

The Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Third Edition serves as a general and practical reference for all those involved in the culture of fine turf. With detailed coverage of pathogen biology, it is an ideal teaching aid for integrated pest management, turfgrass pathology, and turfgrass management programs, including extension training programs and specialized short courses for practitioners on the art of turfgrass maintenance. In addition, it will continue to be a valuable resource for professional turfgrass managers, turfgrass management and disease consultants, golf course superintendents and their staffs, agribusiness research and sales representatives, officers in departments of agriculture and regulatory agencies, garden center personnel, state, university and county extension agents and advisory officers, technicians in plant disease diagnostic clinics, sod producers, athletic field managers, lawn care operators, and scientists..

What’s new in the EXPANDED Third Edition?

  • 40% more text than the 2nd Edition, including coverage of new diseases
  • Color illustrations located in their corresponding disease review section
  • Total of 339 images of diseases and disorders (97 more than the previous edition)
  • New section on fungicide chemistry and application
  • All chapters reviewed, updated, and/or completely revised by specialists in the field to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information available

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Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Third Edition


Grasses Managed as Turfs

Turfgrass Genera

Diseases and Their Causal Agents

Infectious Agents

Part I: Noninfectious Diseases

Biotic Agents of Noninfectious Diseases

Black Layer
Insect Pest

Abiotic Agents of Noninfectious Diseases

Chemical Agents
Physical Agents
Mechanical Agents

Part II: Infectious Diseases Caused by Fungi

Fungal Diseases of Foliage

Ascochyta Leaf Blight
Brown Stripe
Cephalosporium Stripe
Cercospora Leaf Spot
Cladosporium Eyespot
Copper Spot (Zonate Leaf Spot)
Dollar Spot
Gray Leaf Spot
Leaf Blotch (Scald)
Leaf Smuts
Leptosphaerulina Leaf Blight
Mastigosporium Leaf Spot
Phyllosticta Leaf Blight
Physoderma Leaf Spot and Leaf Streak
Pink Patch and Cream Leaf Blight
Powdery Mildew
Pseudoseptoria Leaf Spot
Ramularia Leaf Spot
Red Thread
Septoria Leaf Spot and Stagonospora Leaf Spot
Snow Molds
Coprinus Snow Mold
Microdochium Patch
Snow Scald
Typhula Blight
Spermospora Leaf Spot
Tar Spot
Yellow Tuft (Downy Mildew)

Fungal Diseases of Foliage and/or Roots

Bipolaris and Exserohilum Diseases
Curvularia Diseases
Drechslera and Marielliottia Diseases
Fusarium Diseases
Nigrospora Blight
Pythium Diseases
Rhizoctonia Diseases
Seedling Diseases
Southern Blight

Fungal Diseases of Roots

Dead Spot
Necrotic Ring Spot
Root Decline of Warm-Season Turfgrasses
Spring Dead Spot
Summer Patch
Take-All Patch

Part III: Diseases and Disorders Caused by Other Pathogens and Biotic Agents

Bacterial Diseases
Endophytic Fungi
Fairy Rings

Mollicute Diseases

Superficial Fairy Ring
Yellow Ring
White Blight
Diseases Caused by Plant-Parasitic Nematodes
Primitive Root-Infecting Fungus-Like Organisms
Rapid Blight
Slime Molds
Viral Diseases

Part IV: Ecology and Taxonomy of Pathogenic Fungi

Obligate Parasites
Facultative Saprophytes
Facultative Parasites
Obligate Saprophytes
Pathogens and Their Environment
Pathogen Successions and Disease Complexes
Taxonomy of Fungi and Fungus-Like Organisms

Part V: Disease Control Strategy

Seedbed and Seed, Sprig, or Sod Sanitation
Disease-Resistant Species and Cultivars
Management of Turfgrass Climate and Culture
Chemical Control
Nontarget Effects of Pesticides
Biological Control

Part VI: Disease Diagnosis

Diagnostic Procedures
Guide to Diseases and Disease Groups


“…succeeds as a general, practical reference for all those engaged in maintaining fine turf… laid out clearly and logically …wonderfully clear descriptions and definitions… throughout the text the language is helpful, clear and concise…if you are connected to the turf industry, or to professional horticultural extension or advisory services in any way, this Compendium represents a unique and invaluable high-quality reference text at a relatively modest price.”
—Journal of Horticulture

“The American Phytopathological Society has produced a third edition of this Compendium that definitely lives up to all expectations….easy to read, informative, up-to-date and exceptional value for money…this is one that you want to pick up and read.”
—Plant Pathology

“…highly valuable book…strongly recommend to plant protection specialists and turfgrass managers.”
—Journal of Plant Protection Research

"The compendium will be very useful to all those involved in the management of turfgrass. It could also be helpful to teachers as it reports rather uncommon diseases that may not be covered by more general books on plant pathology."
—Nematologia Mediterranea

“…a significant update of an important specific standard volume, which should not be missing in any plant pathology library.”
—Journal of Phytopathology

"...a library would not want to do without this latest addition."

—Journal of Agricultural and Food Information

“This book would suit any level of knowledge from the most experienced pathologist to the teenager just beginning his training in turfgrass management…truly a well-written, well-illustrated and very up-to-date book…very much the diagnosticians bible…if you can only afford one plant disease book, this is the one…”
—European Journal of Plant Pathology

Publish Date: 2005
Format: 8.5” x 11” softcover
ISBN: 978-0-89054-330-6
Pages: 167
Images: 298 color images; 41 black and white images
Publication Weight: 2 lbs

By Richard W. Smiley, Peter H. Dernoeden, and Bruce B. Clarke

Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, Third Edition

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