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Plant Defense: Warding Off Attack by Pathogens, Herbivores and Parasitic Plants: Warding Off Attack by Pathogens, Pests and Vertebrate Herbivores Paperback – 1 Oct 2010

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405175893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405175890
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,737,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professor Dale Walters works in the Crop and Soil Systems Research Group at the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), based in Edinburgh. His research interests include induced resistance to plant pathogens, novel approaches to plant disease control, and plant-pathogen interactions. He teaches Plant Biotic Interactions, and Plant Responses to Stress, to final year undergraduates, and is also Manager of Research Postgraduate Studies for SAC.

He has written one textbook (Plant Defense: warding off attack by pathogens, herbivores, and parasitic plants), and has edited three others (Induced Resistance for Plant Defence, Disease Control in Crops, and Molecular Biology in Crop Protection). He is currently writing another textbook (Physiological Responses of Plants to Pathogens and Pests).

Dale Walters did his undergraduate degree at Wye College, University of London, and his PhD at Lancaster University. He was awarded a DSc from Lancaster University in 1999, and is also a Fellow of the Society of Biology.

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"In conclusion, the new volume by Walters provides a great basis for an introductory course in plant defenses as part of an upper–level undergraduate or graduate curriculum in ecology, applied entomology, plant pathology, plant biology, or plant breeding.." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, 1 December 2011) "The advances in this field have been striking. Recommended. Upper–division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." (Choice, 1 May 2011)

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Plants are sources of nourishment for thousands of fungi, bacteria, invertebrates, vertebrates, and other plants. Plants possess a truly remarkable diversity of mechanisms to fend off attackers and recent research has shown just how complex and sophisticated these defense mechanisms can be. Plant Defense provides comprehensive coverage of the range of different organisms that plants need to fend off, describes how plants coordinate their defenses against multiple attacks, explains the evolution of defense in plants, and how plant defences are exploited in crop protection strategies. Plant Defense: Covers plants’ defenses against pathogens, pests, and parasitic plants: together in one book Brings together succinct, cutting edge information in a user–friendly format Gives an understanding of how plants ward off attacks from multiple enemies Is written by Dale Walters, an internationally known and respected researcher and teacher in crop protection, who distils his wealth of knowledge in a novel and exciting way Is an essential purchase for all those involved in plant protection around the globe Plant Defense is primarily designed for use by upper undergraduates and post graduates studying crop protection, agricultural sciences, applied entomology, plant pathology, and plant sciences. Biological and agricultural research scientists in the agrochemical and crop protection industries, and in academia, will find much of great use in this excellent new book. Libraries in all universities and research establishments where agricultural and biological sciences are studied and taught should have multiple copies of this very valuable book on their shelves.

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This book does what I wanted it to do; it's a great overview of the broad and fascinating topic of plant defence. It's clear and concise throughout, with enough detail to allow you to feel familiar with each topic, so it stands up well as a "here's what you need to know" text. Additionally, there are plenty of references and recommended reading so it can be complemented with additional papers for any students wanting to delve deeper into the subjects and get the most out of their journal access. I read it cover to cover, and enjoyed doing so. I also dip into it for neat explanations and the occasional reminder of things I'm not sure of; it's well laid out and easy to find what you're looking for. Sections are of a manageable length so you can pick it up and read a bit without it seeming like too much. There are plenty of figures for those who like a graphical approach. I bought it when it was first published so I've had my copy for a while, it's been on my shelf, in my bag, and became resident on my sofa for a while, no appreciable wear and tear so far.

In short, it's a good book, I'm pleased I bought it. If you need to learn about plant defence, or if you're just a bit geeky (ok, really geeky) and fancy something to read which will make you think "Ooooh that's kinda cool" you might well like this.
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This is a very accessible, student friendly book, detailing all aspects of plant defence at the molecular level, providing the latest knowledge. Please note that the first edition was published in 2011, not 2010, and that the book has 236 pages, not 248. The product description provided by Amazon is misleading. For the price, I would say this book is thin on substance, given that a large portion consists of pages of references. Some references may be accessed via GoogleScholar, gratis, but many are expensive academic works, beyond the price range of the target readers (students). Before you buy, use the "Look inside" facility provided by Amazon. See the pie charts on page two? Do they make any sense to you? ...Nor me. Fortunately, this is the only problem I have noticed, to date. Other charts and graphs appear free of such errors. The covers are flimsy and delaminate at the slightest knock. As the book is so expensive, the buyer should seriously consider getting a hardback edition instead, if ever one becomes available.

In summary, if your cash is burning a hole in your pocket and you can afford to splash out, this is a great book, provided you can ignore the errors on page two. To the best of my knowledge, no other title is singularly dedicated to plant defense at the molecular level, making this title unique at present - even Agrios only touches briefly on these topics. However, if you have access to journals online, you are perhaps better off just downloading reviews that address each of the various aspects of plant defence covered in this book, rather than buying it.
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Problems with the pictures 12 Sep 2013
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I have troubles to access the pictures in my book and the links to specific parts too. The written content is good but without the pictures it was really difficult to understand most of it!
I contacted the amazon and they said that this problem is going to be solved soon. I got my money back.
So ask amazon If the book is ok before buying it!
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