SEARCH

SEARCH BY CITATION

Phytopathogenic Procaryotes and Plant Diseases . B. S. Thind , 576 pp. ISBN 978-81-7233-780-3 (softback)/978-81-7233-701-8 (hardback) . Jodhpur, India : Scientific Publishers (India) , 2012 . 375/2675 inline image .

This book, which is single-authored by Dr Thind, contains an impressive amount of material, and is intended as a textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as providing a reference text for researchers. The first 12 chapters cover a range of aspects of bacteriology, from basic features of the prokaryotic cell, through growth and nutrition, classification, bacteriophages, diagnostics and disease management. There is then a 13th chapter that provides detailed case studies on a range of specific plant diseases. This approach to organizing the content does result in some areas of overlap between chapters, and also in chapters of quite variable lengths. For example, the chapters on ‘genome evolution’, ‘fastidious phytopathogenic procaryotes’, and ‘interactions among plant pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms’ are each only about 10 pages in length, whilst the taxonomy chapter is 60 pages long and the final chapter on specific plant diseases is over 270 pages. The chapters give a solid account of classical bacteriology that would certainly provide a good reference point for the target audience. However, some of the aspects on the more molecular side of bacteriology are perhaps a little less comprehensive and slightly dated. For example, in the section on host–pathogen relationships describing bacterial avirulence genes, the most recent reference cited is from 1996, and this and some other sections would, I think, benefit from additional use of explanatory diagrams and less use of prose. Similarly, as someone who works on phytoplasma diseases of plants, I found the mentions of these bacteria to be a little superficial, with no examples of the sorts of disease they cause given in the chapter on specific plant diseases. Conversely, the chapters on taxonomy and the examples of bacterial diseases that are covered in chapter 13 are detailed and provide plenty of background information. As a textbook, especially for those undergraduate and postgraduate courses that have a more classical bacteriology component, this book would be a valuable source of information and reference material, although it may have some shortcomings as a text for more molecular-type courses.