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New Tomato Pest Identification, Management Resource Published by APS PRESS

Easy-to-use handbook is essential for gardeners and professional growers

Source: The American Phytopathological Society Press Release.

St. Paul, Minnesota (December 10, 2013)--Tomato plants are among the most commonly grown crops. They are also a common target for many diseases and pests, affecting everyone from the commercial producer to the small scale gardener.


The Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests, Second Edition, the latest handbook in APS PRESS’s Compendium series, helps users understand, diagnose, and treat more than 60 diseases of tomato, insects and insect damage, and other disorders.

This second edition of an APS PRESS best-seller, written by expert tomato plant pathologists and entomologists, includes:

• Nearly 250 images for easy pest and disease identification, along with just the right amount of supporting information for users to make accurate decisions for disease and pest control.

• Nearly 20 new diseases and disorders, including those caused by fungi and oomycetes, bacteria, phytoplasmas, viruses and viroids.

• Coverage of arthropod pests: namely, mites, insects, and “worm” pests, including 23 color photos from expert entomologists that illustrate these pests and the damage they cause.

Throughout the Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests, Second Edition, disorders are both illustrated and discussed in sections that follow an easy-to-use and consistent structure: a statement of its importance and distribution, identification of its common signs and symptoms, a description of its causal organism or agent, an explanation of its cycle and epidemiology, and recommendations for management.

This simple format allows the user to quickly identify and treat important tomato diseases and pests occurring throughout the world—in the greenhouse, in the field or garden, and in transit to the market.

Individuals with a range of skill and expertise can use this book effectively, including field and greenhouse growers, home and master gardeners, consultants, horticulturalists, extension agents, entomologists, diagnosticians, plant pathologists, educators, and students. Those who work in postharvest channels, including tomato and canning storage facilities, will also benefit from Compendium of Tomato Diseases, Second Edition.

Given its lightweight format, Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests, Second Edition can be taken directly to the affected tomato crop, where the pictures and symptom descriptions can be compared for diagnosis. Each individual description was written and each high-quality image was chosen by recognized scientists in the tomato industry. The expertise, thoroughness, portability, and simple format of this important book make it both a bargain and an essential tool for literally any tomato professional or enthusiast.

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

©2014; 8˝” × 11” soft cover; 160 pages; 247 color images; 1 line drawing; 2 pounds; ISBN 978-0-89054-424-2

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 Tomato Diseases, 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