Plant lovers, food producers, planners all voice together to protect the plants from insects and diseases. Damages to the plants by insects are easily felt but not realized are the losses caused by microorganisms. The Book "Plant Protection in New Millennium" in two volumes takes the stock of present state of art in Plant Protection, but does not primarily aim to describe pests and diseases of individual crop(s). Authors from National Laboratories and centres of excellence in the Universities mastering the subjects illustrate and review the progress, application of know how in plant protection besides up dates readers with the latest paradigm shift in plant protection taking into account art of genetics, biotechnology, bioagents, epidemiology and also detection for overcoming ill effects of pesticides. Also discussed are international trade related issues for import and export of plants as well as bio-safety concern related to GMOs. The book caters the need of knowledge hungry general biologists, agriculture ministries and planners and specialists in plant protection not only the students, teachers, researchers, but all well wishers of farmers.
Dr. Ashok V. Gadewar had his Post graduation and Doctorate in Agriculture from Punjabrao Krishi Vidyapeeth, Maharashtra, and Udaipur University, Rajasthan, India. His research work was on fungal diseases, under famous pathologists Dr. R. Prasada and Dr. B.S. Siradhana. His education all through post matriculation in agricultural system exposed him to element of Plant Protection and was a recipient of ICAR Jnior fellowship during M.Sc. in Plant Pathology. He joined Agricultural Research Services of Indian Council of Agricultural Research as a Scientist S1, Principal Scientist since 1998. He has been throughout with the Premier Institute Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla. He has worked on integrated disease and pest management, has wide exposure to the field problems, seed production and now specializes in bacterial diseases. He underwent training on Plant and Microbial Molecular Genetics at Monash University, Australia, and has presented his research in International conferences in France and Canada. He had established for the first time hitherto unknown two-way virulence shift in Ralstonia solanacearum besides antibiotic induced virulence. His work on rapid genomic changes in recalcitrant R. solanacearum that causes plant wilt in solanaceous crops allover the world has opened fresh avenues to look into break down of resistance in host plants. He is on the editorial board of Indian Journal of Mycology and Plant Pathology, the official Journal of Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Rajasthan (India) since long time.
Dr. B.P. Singh is a joint Director at Central Potato Research Institute Campus, Modipuram, University , Aligarh with distinction and Joined Agricultural Research Services in 1977. He is working on Potato Pathology for the Last 25 years and is well known for work on sexuality in Phytopthora infestans and implication on Late Blight epidemiology, and successfully developed a computerized forecasting system for Uttar Pradesh (India ). He has published over 50 research papers and number of technical bulletins and book chapters. He is also cataloged Phytopthora infestans population using both biological and molecular markers including DNA content (ploidy), isozyme and RAPD . He has won national and international acclaim. Currently he is a member of steering Committee of international project on potato late blight and Coordinator of Global Initiative on Late Blight (GILB) for South-West Asian region . He had been member , Editorial Board of Indian Phytopathological Society , Secretary and Editor of the Indian Potato Association. He was also actively associated in organizing several national and international seminars and symposia on potatoes and plant pathology.