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Posted 30 January 2013. PMN Crop News.

New APS PRESS Title Explains How to Manage Tomato Health

Source: The American Phytopathological Society Press Release.

St. Paul, Minnesota (January 1, 2013)--Tomato Health Management should come in handy to anyone involved in the $2 billion a year business that is tomato crop production. This colorful book draws together the information that’s essential for the healthy production of both fresh-market and processing tomatoes. It covers every aspect of tomato production, including disease and pest control, cultural practices such as irrigation and fertilization, nutritional and other abiotic disorders, and postharvest quality.


Tomatoes are an intensely managed crop, and the production of high-quality, top-value yields is a substantial, often daunting challenge. Tomato Health Management helps meet that challenge by serving as a “one-stop” informational source for anyone interested in any step of the production cycle. It provides science-based knowledge in an accessible format that will be readily useful to anyone in the tomato-production chain. This book describes management strategies that will help you avoid and overcome issues presented by weed and insect pests, diseases and abiotic disorders, and other concerns, such as plant selection, soil quality, storage, and appearance for market.

A unique aspect of this new title is the way editors R. Michael Davis, Ken Pernezny, and Janet C. Broome have assembled a group of internationally recognized experts from the fields of soil science, weed science, nematology, plant pathology, entomology, and crop science—all key areas of applied tomato research and management. The editors have organized the book for ease of use and supplemented the text with high-quality color photographs and diagrams, quick-reference tables and boxes, and handy callouts of key concepts.

Tomato Health Management is a valuable resource for the variety of professionals working in the tomato-production industry. The scientifically peer-reviewed information delivered in this book is synonymous with good management practices at all stages of production. By integrating those practices, the book explains how to plant, grow, harvest, and store tomatoes in labor-efficient, cost-effective ways and to simultaneously improve the health and value of your tomato crop. It will be useful to growers, plant pathologists, crop-production specialists, diagnosticians, agronomists, regulatory agents, crop consultants, educators, researchers, extension professionals, tomato breeders, entomologists, horticulturists, weed scientists, county agents, master gardeners, and educators.

This book is published by The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and may be purchased for $89 plus S&H from APS PRESS. To order this book go to or call toll-free 1-800-328-7560 USA/Canada or +1-651-454-7250 elsewhere.

Karen Ek