Virus and Virus-like Diseases of Potatoes and Production of Seed-Potatoes

  • Gad Loebenstein
  • Philip H. Berger
  • Alan A. Brunt
  • Roger H. Lawson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-N18
  2. The Economic Importance of the Potato

    1. Melvyn F. Askew
      Pages 1-18
  3. Biology and Physiology of the Potato

    1. Haim D. Rabinowitch, David Levy
      Pages 19-37
  4. Important Potato Cultivars

    1. Dennis L. Corsini, Charles R. Brown
      Pages 39-52
  5. Historical Perspectives of Potato Virus Research

    1. R. H. Lawson, R. Stace-Smith
      Pages 53-63
  6. The Main Viruses Infecting Potato Crops

    1. Alan A. Brunt
      Pages 65-67
    2. Alan A. Brunt
      Pages 77-86
    3. G. Loebenstein
      Pages 87-94
    4. G. Loebenstein
      Pages 95-100
    5. Alan A. Brunt
      Pages 101-107
    6. Alan A. Brunt
      Pages 109-112
    7. Alan A. Brunt
      Pages 113-114
    8. Alan A Brunt
      Pages 115-116
    9. Alan A Brunt
      Pages 121-134
  7. Viroids

    1. L. F. Salazar, I. Bartolini, A. Hurtado
      Pages 135-144
  8. Phytoplasma Diseases

    1. M. Klein
      Pages 145-158
  9. Transmission of Viruses

    1. Gary D. Franc, Ernest E. Banttari
      Pages 159-175
    2. D. P. Weingartner
      Pages 177-194

About this book


Potatoes, a major vegetatively-propagated crop, has been closely linked with plant virus research during the last 8 decades because, without their effective control potato viruses can cause considerable losses of crop quality and yield. Such research has resulted in marked advances in diagnosis, from relatively simple biological and serological tests to electron microscopy, sophisticated serological procedures and, more recently, the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and nucleic acid hybridization methods. Associated tissue culture research during the past forty years or so has resulted in the successful production of virus-free plants from potato cultivars that were totally infected. Nevertheless, in many countries the high incidence of virus infection still causes considerable yield losses. Because of their importance, potato viruses have also long been important subjects for research; much is thus now known about their intrinsic biological and physico-chemical properties, genomes, gene functions, virus-vector relationships (including specific sites of interaction between viral coat protein and the vector) and their potential as vehicles for transformation.


Pathogen breeding crops physiology tissue

Editors and affiliations

  • Gad Loebenstein
    • 1
  • Philip H. Berger
    • 2
  • Alan A. Brunt
    • 3
  • Roger H. Lawson
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Virology, Agricultural Research OrganizationThe Volcani CenterBet DaganIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological SciencesUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA
  3. 3.Horticulture Research InternationalWellesbourne, WarwiksUK
  4. 4.National Program Staff, US Department of AgricultureAgricultural Research ServiceBeltsvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3736-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-0842-6
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