Fusarium head blight has emerged as a major threat to wheat and barley crops around the world. This intractable disease presents a range of exasperating complexities rarely seen in any single plant disease. Even the taxonomy of its pathogens has been notoriously confused. Infection by any of several species of Fusarium reduces crop yield and destroys the quality of grain by contaminating it with mycotoxins. After a severe epidemic, even the grain that can be harvested may not be safe to feed livestock.
Fusarium Head Blight of Wheat and Barley provides a comprehensive record of current knowledge on the nature of Fusarium head blight, the damage it causes, and current research on how to control it. The book begins with a fascinating historical account of Fusarium head blight epidemics that gives context to recent attempts to control epidemics in wheat and barley. A review of pathogen taxonomy and population biology helps scientists to see relationships among head blight pathogens and other Fusarium species. The extensive information on epidemiology included in this review also provides an understanding of the weather conditions and cultural practices that promote explosive epidemics. Information on infection processes will lead the reader to a better understanding of how to breed for resistance in wheat and barley.
The description of mycotoxins and biosynthetic pathways in Fusarium head blight gives researchers a thorough background in the chemistry and biosynthesis of mycotoxins found in Fusarium-infected grain, which may be important in genetic engineering to protect wheat and barley. A review of approaches in breeding for resistance provides cereal breeders and pathologists with comprehensive information on germplasm lines and screening techniques used to breed for head blight resistance throughout the world. The section on resistance also provides researchers with a comprehensive review of biotechnology approaches available for genetic engineering head blight resistance.
The book's discussion of chemical and biological control of Fusarium head blight provides current information on the efficacy of fungicides and testing procedures for chemical control and assists researchers in understanding the prospects and limitations of biocontrol approaches to supplement resistance. The review of grain quality assurances and the analysis of economic and social impacts of Fusarium head blight of wheat and barley clearly illustrate how seriously this disease impacts grain marketing and production.
Twenty-three researchers from six countries contributed to this substantial update on this deadly disease. Plant pathologists, wheat and barley breeders and geneticists, agronomists, mycologists, cereal chemists, millers, malt producers, and anyone interested in diseases affecting wheat and barley production will value this comprehensive reference book.
Fusarium Head Blight of Wheat and Barley
History of Fusarium Head Blight with Emphasis on North America
Robert W. Stack
The Pathogen and Disease Development
Systematics of Fusarium Species and Allies Associated with Fusarium Head Blight
Craig M. Liddell
Histology and Physiology of Fusarium Head Blight
Wm R. Bushnell, Beth E. Hazen, and Clara Pritsch
Epidemiology of Fusarium Head Blight of Small Grain Cereals in North America
Gregory E. Shaner
Population Structure of Fusarium Species Causing Head Blight of Grain Crops
Liane Rosewich Gale
Chemistry and Detection of Fusarium Mycotoxins
Chester J. Mirocha, Weiping Xie, and Edson R. Filho
The Role of DON in Pathogenicity
Inoculation Methods and Evaluation of Fusarium Head Blight Resistance in Wheat
Breeding Wheat for Fusarium Head Blight Resistance in Europe
Fusarium Head Blight of Barley: Impact, Epidemics, Management, and Strategies for Identifying and Utilizing Genetic Resistance
Brian J. Steffenson
Breeding for Resistance to Fusarium Head Blight of Wheat in China
Gui-Hua Bai, Li-Feng Chen, and Gregory Shaner
Transgenic Approaches to Fusarium Head Blight Resistance
Gary J. Muehlbauer and Wm R. Bushnell
Control of Fusarium Head Blight of Wheat by Fungicides
Biological Control of Fusarium graminearum
Wilmar Corio da Luz, Christine A. Stockwell, and Gary C. Bergstrom
Impact of Fusarium Head Blight on Malting and Brewing Quality of Barley
Paul B. Schwarz
Safety Assurance and Quality Assurance Issues Associated with Fusarium Head Blight in Wheat
J.E.Dexter and T.W. Nowicki
Quantifying Economic Impacts of Fusarium Head Blight in Wheat
D. Demcy Johnson, George K. Flaskerud, Richard D. Taylor, and Vidyashankara Satyanarayana
Impacts of Fusarium Head Blight on the North American Agricultural Community:
The Power of One Disease to Catapult Change
"Good value for the money."
"Overall the editors have produced a book that covers the multidisciplinary problem that is FHB and that represents perspectives from the diversity of fields that are now being applied to manage this intractable fungal disease."
"All chapters are well structured and clearly written and include the most relevant and recent findings...a comprehensive source of information on the Fusariaum scab of small grain cereals, it's causes, impact and control options..."
—Journal of Phytopathology
"…a book that everyone working with Fusarium diseases in cereals should own or have access to…there will be much in here to stimulate researchers, teachers and students with interests in other aspects of plant pathology."
—Australian Plant Pathology Society Newsletter
Publish Date: 2003
Format: 6” x 9” hardcover
Images: 39 color images; 36 black and white images
Publication Weight: 4 lbs
Edited by Kurt J. Leonard and William R. Bushnell