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Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests, Second Edition
Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests, Second Edition

"A reference and diagnostic guide for plant pathologists, undergraduates, and gardeners. The book should be available in schools, research laboratories dealing with plant pathology, and community and university libraries."
—Fungal Diversity

A portable, easy-to-use resource for quickly identifying and managing tomato disorders in the garden, field, or greenhouse.

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Botanically speaking, tomato is a fruit. But by common understanding it is often considered a vegetable as well. Regardless of which term you use, tomato is the most “Googled” fruit and one of the most commonly grown.

Unfortunately, tomato plants are also a common target for many diseases and pests, affecting production for anyone growing the crop, including commercial producers trying to maximize yield and the small scale gardener who wants flawless and flavorful garden fresh tomatoes for salads, cooking, and canning.

Enter Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests, Second Edition. The nearly 250 images and associated information in this highly useful and significantly upgraded book allows anyone-from the gardener to professional-to identify, understand, diagnose, and treat more than 60 diseases of tomato occurring throughout the world. This impressive new handbook, written by expert plant pathologists working with this crop, includes nearly 20 new diseases and disorders, including those caused by fungi and oomycetes, bacteria, phytoplasmas, viruses and viroids.

The previous edition of this book was a top-10 best-seller in the Compendium Series and the new edition is even more useful with important coverage of arthropod pests: namely, mites, insects, and “worm” pests. The coverage of pests has been expanded significantly in this edition and includes the addition of 23 color photos from expert entomologists that illustrate these pests and the damage they cause.

This scientifically peer-reviewed information on numerous diseases and pests provides just the right amount of supporting information for users to make accurate decisions for disease and pest control. Throughout the Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests, Second Edition, disorders are both illustrated and discussed in sections that follow an easy-to-use and consistent structure: a statement of its importance and distribution, identification of its common signs and symptoms, a description of its causal organism or agent, an explanation of its cycle and epidemiology, and recommendations for management.

This easy format allows the user to quickly identify signs and symptoms of important tomato diseases and pests occurring throughout the world—in the greenhouse, in the field or garden, and in transit to the market.

Individuals with a range of skill and expertise can use this book effectively, including field and greenhouse growers, home and master gardeners, consultants, horticulturalists, extension agents, entomologists, diagnosticians, plant pathologists, educators, and students. Those who work in postharvest channels, including tomato and canning storage facilities will also benefit from Compendium of Tomato Diseases, Second Edition.

Given its compact size, Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests, Second Edition can be taken directly to the affected tomato crop, where the pictures and symptom descriptions can be compared for diagnosis. Each individual description was written and each high-quality image was chosen by recognized scientists in the tomato industry. The expertise, thoroughness, portability, and simple format of this important book make it both a bargain and an essential tool for literally any tomato professional or enthusiast.

From the Preface

  • The Introduction provides background information about tomato botany and culture, seed production and quality assurance, and container production of transplants. Among the new topics addressed are the change in nomenclature, in which the genus Lycopersicon was classified as Solanum section Lycopersicon, and the sequencing of the tomato genome. 
  • Part I outlines the infectious diseases that affect tomato—including those caused by fungi and oomycetes, bacteria, phytoplasmas, viruses, and viroids—along with postharvest diseases and disorders and diseases caused by nematodes. Each disease section has been updated from the first edition, and sections have been added to address approximately 20 new diseases and disorders. 
  • Part II covers arthropod pests: namely, mites, insects, and “worm” pests. The coverage of pests has been expanded significantly in this edition and includes the addition of 23 color photos that illustrate pests and the damage they cause. 
  • Part III examines noninfectious diseases, disorders, and damage: namely, physiological diseases, nutritional disorders, herbicide damage, and genetic diseases. This part now includes 40 color photos to assist readers in recognizing the damage caused by these various diseases and disorders, for which the signs and symptoms are often similar. The discussion of herbicides, in particular, has been updated to reflect the full range of available products. 
  • Part IV, which discusses diseases of undetermined etiology, has been reorganized to adopt the format used elsewhere in the book.

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Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests, Second Edition


Tomato Diseases, Pests, and Disorders

Infectious Diseases
Insects and Mites
Noninfectious Diseases, Disorders, and Damage

Botany and Culture

Importance of the Crop
Cytotaxonomic Background
History of Domestication
Genetic Resources and Modern Breeding

Seed Production and Quality Assurance

Seed Production
Certification and Quality Assurance

Containerized Production of Tomato Transplants

Plant-Growing Structures
Culture and Management

PART I. Infectious Diseases

Diseases Caused by Fungi and Oomycetes

Alternaria Stem Canker
Black Mold
Black Root Rot
Buckeye Rot and Phytophthora Root Rot
Cercospora Leaf Mold
Charcoal Rot
Corky Root Rot
Didymella Stem Rot
Early Blight
Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
Fusarium Foot Rot
Fusarium Wilt
Gray Leaf Spot
Gray Mold
Late Blight
Leaf Mold
Phoma Rot
Powdery Mildew
Diseases Caused by Pythium Species
Diseases Caused by Rhizoctonia solani
Rhizoctonia Foliar Blight
Septoria Leaf Spot
Southern Blight
Target Spot
Verticillium Wilt
White Mold
Zonate Leaf Spot

Diseases Caused by Bacteria

  Major Bacterial Diseases

Bacterial Canker
Bacterial Speck
Bacterial Spot
Bacterial Stem Rot
Bacterial Wilt
Tomato Pith Necrosis

   Minor Bacterial Diseases

Tomato Root Mat
Syringae Leaf Spot
Seedling Blight and Leaf Spot
Bacterial Leaf Blight
Psyllid Yellows and Vein Greening

Diseases Caused by Phytoplasmas

Tomato Big Bud
Other Phytoplasmal Diseases

Diseases Caused by Viruses


Alfalfa mosaic virus
Beet curly top virus
Cucumber mosaic virus
Pepino mosaic virus
Potato virus Y
Potato yellow vein virus
Tobacco etch virus
Tobacco mosaic virus
and Tomato mosaic virus
Tomato bushy stunt virus
and Lettuce necrotic stunt virus
Tomato chlorosis virus and Tomato infectious chlorosis virus
Tomato mottle virus
Tomato spotted wilt virus
Tomato torrado virus,
Tomato apex necrosis virus, Tomato marchitez virus, and Tomato chocolate spot virus
Tomato yellow leaf curl virus
Tomato yellow mosaic virus

   Minor Virus Diseases

Diseases Caused by Viroids

Postharvest Diseases and Disorders

Bacterial Soft Rot
Sour Rot (Geotrichum Rot, Bacterial Sour Rot)
Rhizopus Rot
Black Mold Rot
Gray Mold Rot (Botrytis Fruit Rot)
Predisposition for Postharvest Diseases
Management of Postharvest Diseases

Diseases Caused by Nematodes

Root-Knot Nematodes
Other Nematodes

Part II. Arthropod Pests


Spider Mites
Tomato Russet Mite


True Bugs

“Worm” Pests

Tomato Fruitworm
Tomato Pinworm

Part III. Noninfectious Diseases, Disorders, and Damage

Physiological Diseases

Blossom Drop
Blossom-End Rot
Chilling Injury
Cuticle Cracking (Rain Check, Weather Check, Crazing, Russetting)
Growth Cracks
Internal White Tissue
Puffiness (Boxiness, Pockets)
Spider Track
Tomato Little Leaf
Water Wilt
Yellow Shoulder (Yellow Top, Persistent Green Shoulder)

Nutritional Disorders


Herbicide Damage

Amino Acid Derivatives
Aryl Triazinones
Diphenyl Ethers
Imidazolinones and Sulfonylureas
Phenoxy and Substituted Benzoic Acids
Pyridazinones and Pyridinones
Substituted Ureas

Genetic Diseases

Autogenous Necrosis
Blind Plants
Bull Plants
Fruit Pox
Gold Fleck

Part IV. Diseases of Undetermined Etiology

Black Shoulder

"A reference and diagnostic guide for plant pathologists, undergraduates, and gardeners. The book should be available in schools, research laboratories dealing with plant pathology, and community and university libraries."
—Fungal Diversity
Publish Date: 2014
Format: 8.5” × 11” softcover
ISBN: 978-0-89054-424-2
Pages: 168
Images: 247 color images
Publication Weight: 2 lbs

Edited by Jeffrey B. Jones, Thomas A. Zitter, Timur M. Momol, and Sally A. Miller

List Price:135.00

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