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METHODS AND PRACTICE OF PLANT DISEASE DIAGNOSIS: AN ELECTRONIC BOOK ACCESSABLE ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB
METHODS AND PRACTICE OF PLANT DISEASE DIAGNOSIS: AN ELECTRONIC BOOK ACCESSABLE ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB

Sally A. Miller1 and Charles R. Semer IV2

1Department of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University, OARDC, Wooster, Ohio 4469 1, USA and 2Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, 1453 Fifield Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

Plant disease diagnosis is a prerequisite to developing and conducting an effective disease control program. Much information regarding the practice of plant disease diagnosis is acquired from direct association with active practitioners associated with educational, governmental and private laboratories. The Diagnostics Committee of the American Phytopathological Society has received plant disease diagnostic information from more than 300 contributors representing 65 countries around the world and is making this collection available on the World Wide Web as hypertext-linked documents will colour illustrations. Each Diagnostic Sheet details the diagnostic practice associated with one host/ pathogen, pathogenicity testing, storage of the pathogen, host and geographic range of the pathogen, taxonomic information, vector associations, and literature citations. This is the first time plant disease diagnostic information is electronically available in one location and freely available throughout the world. The use of an electronic presentation allows the information to be revised rapidly, and insures that the end user can access the most recent information and practices. This material is available at: http://hammock.ufl.edu/mppdd/tpage. html.