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Fire blight: the disease and its causative agent, Erwinia amylovora.

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This book is the first multi-authored book on fire blight, the most devastating bacterial disease of apples and pears. It is divided into three sections. The first section is about the disease: its epidemiology, its worldwide distribution and its economic importance, the host range of the pathogen and how it migrates and survives in the fruit tissues. The second section is about the causal agent, ...

Chapter 2 (Page no: 9)

Epidemiology of fire blight.

This chapter illustrates the ability of fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) to be spread in many diverse ways, and examines the fire blight disease cycle, beginning in the spring, with the sources and modes of dissemination of primary and secondary inocula in pear and apple orchards and the processes of shoot infection and systemic movement of the bacteria. The importance of these principles of epidemiology are then related to control strategies.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) What is fire blight? Who is Erwinia amylovora? How to control it? Author(s): Vanneste, J. L.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 37) Distribution and economic importance of fire blight. Author(s): Bonn, W. G. Zwet, T. van der
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 55) Genetic diversity and host range of Erwinia amylovora. Author(s): Momol, M. T. Aldwinckle, H. S.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 73) Migration of Erwinia amylovora in host plant tissues. Author(s): Vanneste, J. L. Eden-Green, S.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 87) Erwinia amylovora: general characteristics, biochemistry and serology. Author(s): Paulin, J. P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 117) Exopolysaccharides of Erwinia amylovora: structure, biosynthesis, regulation, role in pathogenicity of amylovoran and levan. Author(s): Geider, K.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 141) hrp genes and harpins of Erwinia amylovora: a decade of discovery. Author(s): Kim, J. F. Beer, S. V.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 163) Disease-specific genes of Erwinia amylovora: keys to understanding pathogenesis and potential targets for disease control. Author(s): Bogdanove, A. J. Kim, J. F. Beer, S. V.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 179) Iron and fire blight: role in pathogenicity of desferrioxamine E, the main siderophore of Erwinia amylovora. Author(s): Expert, D. Dellagi, A. Kachadourian, R.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 199) Chemical control of fire blight. Author(s): Psallidas, P. G. Tsiantos, J.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 235) The development of streptomycin-resistant strains of Erwinia amylovora. Author(s): Jones, A. L. Schnabel, E. L.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 253) Breeding for resistance to fire blight. Author(s): Lespinasse, Y. Aldwinckle, H. S.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 275) Transgenic varieties and rootstocks resistant to fire blight. Author(s): Norelli, J. L. Aldwinckle, H. S.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 293) Fire blight risk assessment systems and models. Author(s): Billing, E.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 319) Biological control of fire blight. Author(s): Johnson, K. B. Stockwell, V. O.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 339) Integrated orchard and nursery management for the control of fire blight. Author(s): Steiner, P. W.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Biology, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2000
  • ISBN
  • 0851992943
  • Record Number
  • 20083014932