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Diseases of Trees and Shrubs (Comstock Book) Hardcover – July 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Series: Comstock Book
  • Hardcover: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr (July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801415179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801415173
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,698,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Three Cornell University scientists have produced a needed up-to-date pictorial reference source that comprehensively covers disease and environmental damage to trees and shrubs in the United States and Canada. With 247 pages of color plates and authoritative accompanying text, this is a handy diagnostic aid that uses specific symptoms on plant parts or entire plants to identify the disease-causing agent of an infected plant. It may be used by anyone with knowledge of general biology as well as by someone with specialized plant knowledge for diagnosing plant disease problems. Highly recommended. Dale Luchsinger, Cobb Cty. P.L., Marietta, Ga.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"This is an absolute 'must have' for all professional tree people. A complete and thorough revision of the 1987 classic, it contains more than 2,000 digitally optimized color images of all important diseases of trees and woody ornamentals of the US and Canada. Having used the original book as a disease bible a gazillion times, this reviewer was amazed to discover that the authors could make such substantial improvements. Most of the color plates are completely new sets of photos, and they are of the highest quality. Important new diseases that have come onto the scene in the last 20 years, such as dogwood anthracnose, have been added. The authors have introduced a number of new microscopic figures to help in the positive identification of various pathogens. The complete references now number more than 4,500, with a searchable CD-ROM included to help explore this extensive background literature. As in the first volume, the authors do a wonderfully thorough job with the descriptive information presented for diseases. This reference classic should be part of the library of every plant health care specialist, forester, horticulturist, and student in the field. Essential."—Choice, April 2006

"A truly superior reference work returns new and improved, with both form and content reflecting advances in knowledge. The high praise that met the 1987 release of this book's first edition—one reviewer called it one of the 'ten best horticultural books of the century'—seems equally deserved for the second edition. 'Diseases' describes 470 afflictions affecting more than 300 species and occurring in the temperate regions of the United States and Canada; another 50 chemical, physical, or unknown agents are also portrayed. This is a diagnostic manual, and as such, discussion of control measures is negligible. Far from resting on their laurels, Sinclair and Lyon have made some key improvements to their work. Perhaps the most striking of these are the book's distinctly sharper, digitally optimized images, more than 2000 of them in color. For readers who need further information, there is also the addition of a CD-ROM, which provides swift and easy access to the book's 4500 references. Those who teach (or study) the subject may appreciate Sinclair and Lyon's tweaks to the preliminary apparatus in the new edition, changes that help make a prodigious amount of technical information a little more intelligible. Fairly easy diagnostic reference is made possible with an index that lists both the scientific (genus judiciously boldfaced) and common names of plants. Bottom Line: This book will continue to be the standard reference for those who deal with tree and shrub pathology professionally, but gardeners with problems will find it just as indispensable. (Amateurs, of course, might do just as well examining the pictures.) An essential purchase for special horticultural, academic, and large public collections."—Library Journal (starred review)

"The book arrives at a time of biological globalization and environmental change bearing the high risk of new pathogen introductions and emerging diseases. It is therefore indispensible also for forest pathologists outside of North America. The main emphasis of the book is on infectious disease, but nutrient deficiencies, damages by heat, drought and freezing, sides effects of pesticides and damages by air pollution are also included. . . This book is of the highest possible quality and it is a really magnificent resource for anybody who is facing the challenge of tree disease diagnosis. Moreover, the book is a celebration of biodiversity associated with woody plants as well as an aesthetic enjoyment."—O.Holdenrieder, Forest Pathology, 2006 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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The color photos are wonderful!
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Anybody in the plant diagnostics or pathology field must have this book on their shelf.
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The text is clear, concise and informative.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book compiles a GREAT deal of useful information about plant pathology. It covers, as any good work about plant disease should, fertilization, nutritional deficiencies, and environmental factors such as drought, freezing, lightning, air pollution, water contamination etc. before attempting to fix the problem, the work stresses the causal effects and ,similarly, the visual pitfalls that may provide evidence of an unseen insect symptom (galling, nematodes, etc.) The work was written mainly for the temperate zone, but using it in my home sub-tropics was an eye-opener! Reccomended reading for Horticulturalists in the upper echelon, or for Pathologists as a reference, and a reminder to look to the outlying areas for an answer, It's always there!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Biddinger on February 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Here is another one for my short list of horticulture references.

As someone who makes a living looking at these diseases, let me tell you: The photos are top notch! The pictures alone tell the bulk of the story and really make this book worth it. All the latest diseases are here including Sudden Oak Death. A text like this could easily be beyond the understanding of most gardeners, but the authors use an excellent mix of common and scientific names and a wealth of descriptive text to bring things back to earth. Be a little careful making a field diagnosis from just the photos. A quick look through the book, especially the last section on physical and environmental damage, will demonstrate that a lot of things look alike.

An included CD contains a complete reference list in a 333 page Word document, but nothing else. This is very useful if you are looking for more information or a specific cross-reference.

My ONLY complaint is that the plants and diseases are combined into one index rather then two like the similar book "Insects that feed on Trees and Shrubs".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on February 11, 2007
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Anybody in the plant diagnostics or pathology field must have this book on their shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Austin reader on July 1, 2010
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If you want to do research into what is effecting your trees, this book is a great place to start. Once it gives you some idea as to what it going on, you can get up-to-date information using the internet. I use this book quite often and I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Adams on December 12, 2009
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This book was easily as good as I'd hoped. Photos on every page, and descriptions easy enough for a beginner to understand, but also helpful enough for a novice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Crary on September 17, 2009
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A must have book if you are interested in the subject. Text has excellent information and there are great photographs as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. S on October 23, 2009
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This book is chock full of disease data and many photographs. It is a trade/educational resource more than a layperson's book. There is so much info that you have to have a level of knowledge to locate the particular tree and/or disease.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Harshman on September 16, 2009
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The color plates are VERY high quality. The text is clear, concise and informative. Not too much fluff. Much better organized than the previous edition as far as the order the diseases are in. I'm quite pleases with this book. Worth the money.
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