PhytoplasmasGenomes, Plant Hosts and Vectors
Edited by P Weintraub, Research Entomologist, Gilat Research Center, Israel, P Jones, Consultant, Rothamsted Research, UK
Phytoplasmas are a worldwide issue in plant health. A range of serious diseases are caused by these bacteria in major crops around the globe. Knowledge of the importance of phytoplasmas as plant disease agents has advanced rapidly over the last decade with an increased interest in the impact of these pathogens on important field and horticultural crops as well as ornamental plants. This comprehensive volume brings together current research on phytoplasmas, covering their biology, taxonomy and genomics as well as their interactions with plant hosts and transmission by vectors.
This book will be a valuable reference for scientists, postdoctoral researchers and upper level students in the fields of crop protection, plant pathology and applied entomology.
Chapter 1. Real-time PCR diagnosis and quantification of phytoplasmas by Luciana Galetto, Cristina Marzachi Chapter 2. Phytoplasma genomics, from sequencing to comparative and functional genomics - what have we learnt? by Saskia Hogenhout, Martina Seruga Music Chapter 3. Functional genomics of phytoplasmas by Shigeyuki Kakizawa, Kenro Oshima and Shigetou NambaChapter 4. Prospects of multiple gene-based systems for differentiation and classification of phytoplasmas by Ing-Ming Lee, Yan Zhao, Robert E. DavisChapter 5. Recent advances in 16S rRNA gene-based phytoplasma classification and taxonomy by Yan Zhao, Wei Wei, Robert E. Davis, Ing-Ming Lee Chapter 6. Phytoplasma phylogeny and detection using primers for genes other than the 16s rRNA. by Jennifer Hodgetts, Matt DickinsonChapter 7. Movement of phytoplasmas and the development of disease in the plant by Carmine MarconeChapter 8. Biochemical changes in plants infected by phytoplasmas by Rita MusettiChapter 9. Plant resistance by Erich Seemuller, Hugh HarriesChapter 10. Phytoplasma diseases of the Gramineae by Yaima Arocha Rosete, Phil JonesChapter 11. Phytoplasma epidemiology: Grapevines as a model by Fiona ConstableChapter 12. Phytoplasma epidemiological systems with multiple plant hosts by Michael MaixnerChapter 13. Control of phytoplasma diseases and vectors by Phyllis G Weintraub, Michael R. WilsonChapter 14. Psyllid vectors and their control by Barbara Jarausch, Wolfgang JarauschChapter 15. Microbial symbionts control of Auchenorrhyncha transmitting phytoplasmas: a resource for symbiotic control of phytoplasmoses by Alberto Alma, Daniele Daffonchio, Elena Gonella, Noura RaddadiChapter 16. Transmission specificity and competition of multiple Phytoplasmas in the insect vector by Bosco Dominico, Romina D'AmelioChapter 17. Current and possible future distributions of phytoplasma diseases and their vectors by Xavier Foissac, Michael Wilson
Jones Until March 2006 Principal research scientist at Rothamsted Research where I led the Tropical Virus Unit of the Global plant Clinic which studies and characterises viruses, phytoplasmas and fastidious bacteria that are pathogens in tropical crops. I was also Head of the Centre for Biological Imaging.
I am currently a consultant to the Global Plant Clinic at Rothamsted my research interests include etiology of phytoplasma diseases, phytoplasma - vector relationships and the development of new diagnostic methods for phytoplasmas.
I am a member of the IRPCM Working team for phytoplasma and Spiroplasma taxonomy; the FAO / CFC expert consultation committee on Coconut Lethal Yellowing and leader of the IPPS Phytoplasma Diagnostic Methods team.
I have organised and conducted training courses in plant phytoplasma diseases both at home and overseas, and participated in courses for other organisations including NARS and CG institutes. I have a successful record of supervision of both MSc and PhD research students. I have also planned laboratories for plant virology and molecular biology in developing countries and organised staff training in the necessary techniques.
In 2004 was appointed Professor by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Havana, Cuba for my work with developing countries.
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