Our latest book released just last year!
Published by Garland Science 2018
Writing a ‘new’ style book on a subject such as plant pathology presents a significant challenge. How to address a complex topic in a manner that is tangible and unintimidating to undergraduate students, but without belittling how important these complexities are with respect to the future protection of plant species.
The human race is becoming further and further removed from issues such as food security and habitat conservation even as those very same issues are becoming more and more under threat. In technologically advanced countries, everything is provided and ‘there for the taking’, supermarkets abound with foods from around the world – we are all too often complacent. In technologically poor countries, very little is ‘there for the taking’ and the subtle nuances of long-term land management does not take priority over today’s ‘meal on the plate’ – they are all too often desperate.
Agriculture, land management, plant sciences, including pathology, are becoming unpopular with modern students, (not helped in the UK by the lack of such teaching topics in the national curriculum), at a time when graduates in these topics are needed more than ever. So how do we draw them in and get our future generations to tackle these areas?
This book attempts to address these issues in at least one of these areas by making plant pathology accessible to students with no prior knowledge, and set them on the road to understanding this important subject area. Many of the current texts on plant pathology, (George Agrios’ book most notably), are superb for any initiate wanting to take this topic on into their career, but we believe that stimulating that interest means getting back to basics – starting right at the beginning, and encouraging students to believe that they can get out there and make a difference.