The seventeenth symposium of the British Mycological Society was held jointly with the British Society for Plant Pathology and the Society of Irish Plant Pathologists. The subject of the symposium was Phytophthora, the organism responsible for many plant diseases, most notably potato blight. This 1991 book presents the results of the meeting in a wide-ranging volume incorporating chapters discussing the history of potato blight, host-pathogen reactions, systematics and intraspecific variation, molecular and genetic studies and the development of effective control methods. Arguably the most studied of all plant pathogens, Phytophthora remains a problem in modern agriculture.
1. The Rev. Miles Berkeley and the blight of the potato; 2. Potato blight in Europe in 1845: the scientific controversy; 3. Phytophthora infestans: the Mexican connection; 4. Host-pathogen interactions; 5. Ultrastructural and immunological studies of zoospores of Phytophthora; 6. Surface-related host-pathogen interactions in Phytophthora; 7. Molecular aspects of host-pathogen interactions in Phytophthora; 8. Current questions in Phytophthora systematics; 9. Relationships between non-papillate soilborne species of Phytophthora root rot of raspberry; 10. Variation in the species of the Phytophthora megasperma complex; 11. Molecular approaches in Phytophthora taxonomy using polymorphisms in mitochondrial and nuclear DNA; 12. Relationships between Phytophthora species: evidence from isozyme analysis; 13. Molecular mapping in Phytophthora infestans; 14. Variation in ploidy in Phytophthora infestans; 15. Inheritance of virulence and other phenotypic traits in Phytophthora infestans; 16. Isozymes in Phytophthora infestans; 17. Parasexual genetics in Phytophthora; 18. Restriction fragment length polymorphisms in Phytophthora infestans; 19. Transformation in Phytophthora parasitica; 20. Towards gene-transfer systems and understanding gene structure in Phytophthora infestans; 21. Forecasting and control strategies for potato late blight; 22. Current problems in chemical control of late blight: the Northern Ireland experience; 23. Phenylamides and Phytophthora; 24. Synergism among fungicides for control of Phytophthora; 25. Development and evaluation of blight resistant potato cultivars; 26. Microbial suppression of Phytophthora cinnamomi; 27. Chemical and biological control of Phytophthora species in woody plants; 28. Strategies for the integrated control of soilborne Phytophthora species; Index.