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It was a compliment to me to be asked to prepare the fourth edition of Westcott's Plant Disease Handbook, and the decision to accept the respon sibility for the fourth edition, the fifth edition, and now the sixth edition was not taken lightly. The task has been a formidable one. I have always had great respect professionally for Dr. Cynthia Westcott. That respect has grown considerably with the completion of the three editions. I now fully realize the tremendous amount of effort expended by Dr. Westcott in de veloping the Handbook. A book such as this is never finished, since one is never sure that everything has been included that should be. I would quote and endorse the words of Dr. Westcott in her preface to the first edition: "It is easy enough to start a book on plant disease. It is impossible to finish it. . . " This revision of the Handbook retains the same general format contained in the previous editions. The chemieals and pesticides regulations have been updated; major taxonomie changes have been made in the bacteria, fungi, nematodes and viruses; the changing pieture in diseases caused by viruses and/ or viruslike agents have been described. New host plants have been added, and many recently reported diseases as weIl as previously known diseases listed now on new hosts have been included.
`The book should be useful to plant pathologists, disease consultants, laboratories involved in diagnosis, however it could be an excellent guide for gardeners, florists, nurserymen and naturalists. The book should also be a valuable source of information for teachers and students of plant pathology, agriculture, botany and life sciences. Finally I can say that authors and publishers are to be commended for an excellent piece of work.'
Plant Protection Science, 38:1 (2002)
`This book is indispensable to practicing protectors. Is also excellent as a supplement to academic textbooks on phytopathology. I recommend this Handbook of its simplicity of material presentation.'
Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 24:4 (2002)
`This exhaustive and comprehensive Handbook is a must have for the academic reference supporting a plant science program. Its longevity is proof of its effectiveness for the practitioner.'
Science Bulletin, 48/4 (2002)
Table of contents (4 chapters)
Garden Chemicals and Their Application
Classification of Plant Pathogens
Plant Diseases and Their Pathogens
Host Plants and Their Diseases