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Posted 2 January 2014. PMN Crop News.

New Apple and Pear Compendium Ready for Picking

Most comprehensive pest management book published in APS PRESS Compendium series

Source: The American Phytopathological Society Press Release.

St. Paul, Minnesota (December 1, 2013)--Enthusiasts and professionals in apple and pear production have a comprehensive new resource for scouting and managing pests to protect yields and fruit quality.


The Compendium of Apple and Pear Diseases and Pests, Second Edition, boasts a total of 343 color images and more figures than any other compendium to date, offering second-to-none diagnostic coverage of apple and pear crops. It is the biggest and most comprehensive of the 40-plus books produced in the popular APS PRESS compendium series.

This latest edition has been extensively revised and includes the latest information on the distribution, biology, identification, and management of the world’s many diseases and pests. It also offers an entirely new section on insects and mites, also known as arthropods, making it an effective handbook for users who scout for bugs and their telltale signs of damage. In all, it features 90 species of insects and mites and 160 color images.

The easy-to-use handbook allows users to match the symptoms and pests on their plants with the book's color photographs. Users can then refer to the corresponding text which describes the related symptoms, causes, cycles, and control practices for the particular disease, insect, or mite. Nutritional and postharvest disorders of apples and pears are also featured, along with recommendations to minimize or improve these issues.

This book is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in apple and pear production, including plant pathologists, entomologists, pomologists, extension agents, master gardeners, horticulturists, IPM practitioners, pesticide applicators, agrochemical professionals, private consultants, and growers.

Collectively the authors of this comprehensive work represent 12 countries and the editors have over 120 years’ experience in studying the biology and management of diseases and arthropod pests of apples and pears.

To order this book go to or call toll-free 1.800.328.7560 USA/Canada or +1.651.454.7250 elsewhere.

Book specifications and data

©2013; 8˝” × 11” soft cover; 224 pages; 343 color images; 3 black and white images; 3 pounds; ISBN 978-0-89054-430-3

This book is published by The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and may be purchased for $99 plus S&H from APS PRESS.

Review copies of Compendium of Apple and Pear Diseases and Pests, Second Edition are available. If you are interested in reviewing this book in your publication and can forward a copy of the published review within six months of receiving the book, please send your request with details of your publication to Karen Ek.

NOTE: Digital artwork of the book’s cover is available by contacting Karen Ek using the contact information provided. Please specify if the artwork will be used for print or electronic media.

Karen Ek