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The first book to combine mineral nutrition and plant disease gets updated

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American Phytopathological Society

Mineral Nutrition and Plant Disease, Second Edition

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Approximately 95% of the world’s food supply is directly or indirectly produced on soil, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Soil health is therefore critical to the health of all living organisms—especially plants. Equally as critical, resources that consider the overlap between soil’s mineral nutrition and plant diseases have been scarce, until members of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) recognized this gap.

APS PRESS has newly published an updated edition of the first book to successfully combine the two important plant science disciplines of nutrition and pathology. Mineral Nutrition and Plant Disease, Second Edition—edited by Lawrence E. Datnoff, Wade H. Elmer, and Fabrício A. Rodrigues—covers advances made in mineral nutrition and plant disease, comprehensively showcasing the most recent scientific findings and new hypotheses.

This book presents new developments in nanotechnology and its use as a sustainable tool for managing plant diseases with nutrition. Many plant nutrients behave differently when applied in the nano scale. Enhancing delivery and efficacy with reduced rates of nanonutrients has created a novel sustainable weapon for managing plant diseases with nutrition. Additionally, this book emphasizes beneficial microorganisms and how they help with nutrient uptake and interact with plant pathogens to reduce the development of plant diseases.

Readers will understand the physiological role of each element in a plant and how it contributes to disease, gaining practical and current information for immediate plant disease management. This resource will serve professionals and students in the agrisciences in addition to growers, industry professionals, and Extension personnel.

Whether utilized as a professional resource for managing plant diseases through nutrition or as an introductory text for courses in plant pathology and related areas, Mineral Nutrition and Plant Disease, Second Edition, can help users break new ground in the fight against plant pathogens that threaten the global food supply.


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About The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and APS PRESS

APS is a global community of individuals, with a broad range of professional specialties, dedicated to advancing plant health science. APS PRESS has more than 300 titles on various plant science topics, as well as photos and other digital products, which provide hands-on tools and references for plant health research and management. New titles are released regularly and are available via the APS PRESS online store. APS members receive an extra 10% off all titles in the APS PRESS online store. APS also publishes journals​ on fundamental, applied, transdisciplinary, practical, and molecular aspects of phytopathology, in addition to managing Grow: Plant Health Exchange—a freely available, online resource of timely, science-based information on plant health. 


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Book Specifications and Data/For News Media Only

© 2023; 8.5” × 11” hardcover; 488 pages; 5 pounds


Print: 978-0-89054-678-9
Online: 978-0-89054-679-6
Epub: 978-0-89054-680-2


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