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Posted 29 June 2015. PMN Crop News.

New APS PRESS Title Explains Wonders of Population Biology in Plant Pathogens

Source: The American Phytopathological Society Press Release.

St. Paul, Minnesota (June17, 2015)--Population biology is a constantly evolving sub-discipline of plant pathology, and few comprehensive books have ever been written on the topic, let alone recently.


A new title from APS PRESS, Population Biology of Plant Pathogens: Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution, fills this information void by explaining in detail how population genetics are applied in plant pathology today.

Author Michael G. Milgroom, a pioneer and leading researcher in this field, offers the very latest information on population biology, population genetics, and the evolution of plant pathogens of all major types, including fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, viruses, and nematodes.

Early chapters of the book address foundational concepts in population genetics, such as genetic markers, genetic diversity, mutation and random genetic drift, natural selection, and migration and population structure.

Later chapters cover recombination and clonality; gene-for-gene systems and disease resistance; emerging plant diseases; and applications of population biology in epidemiology and applied agriculture.

Sidebars, a glossary of key terms, summaries of main concepts, a list of commonly used abbreviations, recommended readings, and a comprehensive index are also incorporated for maximize learning and comprehension.

This comprehensive, 414-page book is especially ideal for teachers and students of graduate-level plant pathology courses. Researchers and population biologists in plant pathology and related fields will also find this book an important tool.

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Book specifications and data

©2015; 8.5” × 11” hardcover; 399 pages; 151 images; 4 pounds; ISBN 978-0-89054-450-1

This book is published by The American Phytopathological Society (APS) and may be purchased for $325 plus S&H from APS PRESS.

Review copies of the Population Biology of Plant Pathogens: Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution are available. If you are interested in reviewing this book for 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 Dawn Wuest at

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