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Snow Mold

The Battle Under Snow Between Fungal Pathogens and Their Plant Hosts


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Naoyuki Matsumoto, Tom Hsiang
    Pages 1-21
  3. Naoyuki Matsumoto, Tom Hsiang
    Pages 23-53
  4. Naoyuki Matsumoto, Tom Hsiang
    Pages 55-94
  5. Naoyuki Matsumoto, Tom Hsiang
    Pages 95-107
  6. Naoyuki Matsumoto, Tom Hsiang
    Pages 109-128
  7. Naoyuki Matsumoto, Tom Hsiang
    Pages 129-131
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 133-136

About this book


This book provides biological and agricultural insights into snow mold, a fungal disease affecting land plants observed after the melting of snow. Snow mold fungi can cause significant damage to plant growth both in agriculture and in the natural environment, but the interesting ecology and biology described here will capture the attention of scientists in diverse disciplines.

The book describes diverse biological phenomena such as cold tolerance of snow mold fungi and plants and their interactions, occurring in an ecologically unique environment under the snow, which maintains constant low temperature and high humidity. Presented here are the unique strategies of snow mold fungi to survive in diverse habitats and the defensive mechanism in plants tolerant to snow mold fungi infection, as well as the conventional control methods using fungicide or cultural practice. Also contained in the book is speculation on the impact of a changing environment on snow mold diseases and their effects on agricultural production.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of AgricultureHokkaido University Graduate School of AgricultureSapporoJapan
  2. 2.School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

About the authors

Naoyuki Matsumoto, Ph D

Fellow, National Agricultural Research Organization

Research Fellow, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University

Research interests: Ecology of organisms under snow.

Tom Hsiang

Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph. 

Research interests: Fungi associated with grasses and trees, and fungal genomics.

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