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Phytoplasmas: Plant Pathogenic Bacteria - II

Transmission and Management of Phytoplasma - Associated Diseases


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  • Explains phytoplasma diseases which are serious to several agricultural crops all around the world

  • Elaborates on newer diagnostic tools and their application

  • Covers recent and update information on epidemiology and management of phytoplasma associated diseases

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Insects as Phytoplasma Vectors: Ecological and Epidemiological Aspects

    • Alberto Alma, Federico Lessio, Herbert Nickel
    Pages 1-25
  3. The Biology and Ecology of Leafhopper Transmission of Phytoplasmas

    • Phyllis G. Weintraub, Valeria Trivellone, Kerstin Krüger
    Pages 27-51
  4. Psyllid Vectors

    • Barbara Jarausch, Rosemarie Tedeschi, Nicolas Sauvion, Jürgen Gross, Wolfgang Jarausch
    Pages 53-78
  5. Vector Role of Cixiids and Other Planthopper Species

    • Jelena Jović, Monika Riedle-Bauer, Julien Chuche
    Pages 79-113
  6. Transovarial Transmission in Insect Vectors

    • Rosemarie Tedeschi, Assunta Bertaccini
    Pages 115-130
  7. Phytoplasma Transmission by Seed

    • Eleonora Satta, Samanta Paltrinieri, Assunta Bertaccini
    Pages 131-147
  8. Transmission of Phytoplasmas by Agronomic Practices

    • Kadriye Caglayan, Mona Gazel, Dijana Škorić
    Pages 149-163
  9. Control of Phytoplasma Diseases Through Resistant Plants

    • Carmine Marcone, Govind Pratap Rao
    Pages 165-184
  10. Phytoplasma Elimination from Perennial Horticultural Crops

    • Margit Laimer, Assunta Bertaccini
    Pages 185-206
  11. Microbe Relationships with Phytoplasmas in Plants and Insects

    • Elena Gonella, Rita Musetti, Elena Crotti, Marta Martini, Paola Casati, Einat Zchori-Fein
    Pages 207-235
  12. Integrated Management of Phytoplasma Diseases

    • Piero Attilio Bianco, Gianfranco Romanazzi, Nicola Mori, Wayne Myrie, Assunta Bertaccini
    Pages 237-258

About this book

Phytoplasma-associated diseases are a major limiting factor in the context of the quality and productivity of many ornamental, horticultural and other economically important agricultural crops worldwide. Annual losses due to phytoplasma diseases vary, but under pathogen-favorable conditions they have disastrous consequences for the farming community. As there is no effective cure for these diseases, the management options focus on their exclusion, minimizing their spread by insect vectors and propagation materials and on the development of host plant resistance.

This book discusses the latest information on the epidemiology and management of phytoplasma-associated diseases, providing a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of distribution, occurrence and identification of the phytoplasmas, recent diagnostics approaches, transmission, losses and geographical distribution as well as management aspects.


  • Phytoplasmas
  • Agricultural Crops
  • Epidemiology
  • Integrated management
  • Host plant resistance
  • Entomology

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

    Assunta Bertaccini

  • Department of Entomology, Agricultural Research Organization, Gilat Research Center, D.N. Negev, Israel

    Phyllis G Weintraub

  • Division of Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India

    Govind Pratap Rao

  • Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural resources, Animals and Environment, University of Padua, Padova, Italy

    Nicola Mori

About the editors

Dr. G.P. Rao is a Principal Scientist in Plant Pathology at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He has 30 years of research experience in the field of plant pathology, especially sugarcane diseases, cereal viruses, and phytoplasmas. He has published over 135 research papers and authored or edited 20 books. He also guided MSc and PhD students on different aspects of plant pathology. He is Editor-in-Chief of Phytopathogenic Mollicutes and has received several national and international and awards. He has visited 30 countries for invited talk, postdoc fellowships, research training, panel discussions and for workshops and conferences. 

Dr. Assunta Bertaccini is a Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Bologna, Italy. In more than 40 years of research, her major studies were devoted to plant diseases associated with phytoplasmas and bacteria, focusing on their biology and epidemiology. She was an invited speaker at national and international meetings and seminars around the globe. She has received numerous awards, including the Emmy Klienenberger-Nobel Award for distinguished research in mycoplasmology. She is the author of 800 publications, Editor-in-Chief of Phytopathogenic Mollicutes, Senior Editor of Phytopathologia Mediterranea, and founded and heads the International Phytoplasmologist Working Group (IPWG). 

Dr. Phyllis Gail Weintraub is Research Scientist in Entomology at Gilat Research Center, Nagev, Israel. Her research focuses primarily on applied and field research in non-chemical pest control (physical and biological) in greenhouses, and identification and characterization of phytoplasmas and their insect vectors. She has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings and seminars and is the author or coauthor of 160 publications, including books and book chapters. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Insect Science, and serves as a reviewer for numerous international scientific journals. 

Dr. Nicola Mori is a Professor of General and Applied Entomology at the Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and Environment (DAFNAE), University of Padova, Italy. His research focuses primarily on the epidemiology and transmission of phytopathogenic agents and integrated pest management. He is a consultant and adviser to the Phytosanitary Italian Service on phytoplasmas insect vector control and the side effects of chemical control on agricultural ecosystems, Author of more than 50 publications, he is a reviewer for more than 10 international journals listed in WOS/SCOPUS databases, as well as for national and international institutions. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Phytoplasmas: Plant Pathogenic Bacteria - II

  • Book Subtitle: Transmission and Management of Phytoplasma - Associated Diseases

  • Editors: Assunta Bertaccini, Phyllis G Weintraub, Govind Pratap Rao, Nicola Mori

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-13-2831-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-13-2832-9

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 258

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations, 49 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Plant Pathology, Plant Development, Invertebrate Zoology, Sustainability, Agriculture

Buying options

USD 169.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-13-2832-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)