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Posted 16 March 2008. PMN Crop News.

New APS PRESS Virus Diseases of Plants Image Database and Teaching Resource

American Phytopathological Society.

St. Paul, Minnesota (March 5, 2009)--VIRUS DISEASES OF PLANTS 2-CD set provides an international collection of color images of virus symptoms and other associated images that emphasize identification and provide information on epidemiology, losses, and control. The 2-CD set presents information on field identification not available from other sources and most of the information on plant resistance is not easily available as well, especially across several viruses affecting a single plant. VIRUS DISEASES OF PLANTS is a unique compilation that will be invaluable to educators, scientists, students, growers, and other agribusiness personnel.


VIRUS DISEASES OF PLANTS: Image Database Collection CD contains 1,218 images of symptoms, vectors, viruses, viroids, and disease symptoms that might be confused with those caused by viruses across a broad range of more than 120 host plants. Each image contains information about the current scientific classification of the virus disease shown based on the 8th Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. Scientists currently working on the crop viruses have written the captions for the images and assisted in editing the compilation.

VIRUS DISEASES OF PLANTS: Grapevine, Potato, and Wheat Image Collection and Teaching Resource CD contains an image collection of virus diseases of grapevine, potato, and wheat, plus teaching resources on these crops. More than 430 images are integrated with information about the disease symptoms, epidemiology, causal virus(es), diagnosis, and management. An audiovisual component contains narration synchronized with slide shows of selected images. This feature, about 40 minutes long, is designed for classroom presentations or for individual study.

The images on both VIRUS DISEASES OF PLANTS CDs are searchable by virus, virus genus or family, plant, symptom, vector, or other words in the captions. The caption for each image contains the symptom description, disease name, virus name, host plant, and image contributor. These CDs contain a program that gives you the ability to create a custom slide show and export it. You may also export the images for use in custom PowerPoint™ presentations.

VIRUS DISEASES OF PLANTS 2-CD set may be purchased for $259 for the personal use license or $495 for the multiple user license plus S&H (USD) from The American Phytopathological Society. To order this 2-CD set go to the APS PRESS online store at or call toll-free 1.800.328.7560 U.S.A. and most of Canada or +1.651.454.7250 elsewhere.

Ashley Armstrong
The American Phytopathological Society