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The Bacterium of Many Colors

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A “Colorful” New Book, Rich with History!

To paraphrase the timeless words of George Santayana, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

The Bacterium of Many Colors imparts lessons of the past through a fascinating collection of historical stories behind plant pathogen and disease discoveries, as well as the important lessons plant pathologists learned while researching them. This entertaining book was written for a diverse audience that includes historically minded plant pathologists, agricultural, and biological science enthusiasts at the high school and college levels, as well as virtually anyone else interested in plant biology and history.

Early chapters of The Bacterium of Many Colors provide foundational knowledge about the major pathogen groups and how the diseases they cause were discovered and studied. The remaining chapters feature a variety of engaging stories and can be read independently in any order. Many of these chapters address specific diseases and are arranged in three broad parts: consequences of human error; novel control strategies; important findings related to key pathological and scientific concepts.

The book’s author, veteran plant pathologist and history enthusiast Robert M. Harveson, presents a range of diseases from the more obscure, forgotten, or unfamiliar outbreaks to some of the most infamous plant disease epidemics in history. This important book should appeal to all plant pathologists, as it includes examples representing the majority of pathogen groups, including fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, phytoplasmas, and prokaryotes.

Topical Focus and Biographical Profile sidebars add more “color” to the stories and help readers explore subjects in greater depth. They also help provide readers with a greater understanding of and insights into the key topics and the individuals who shaped the plant pathology discipline. Throughout, the book is well illustrated with nearly 300 images.

The Bacterium of Many Colors will stimulate a range of audiences, from advanced high school students interested in biology, to undergrads looking for their specialty area, to early career scientists and even veteran plant pathologists. This book will be inspirational to any scientist striving to make scientific breakthroughs today and deliver novel scientific results to the plant pathology community. It will be an excellent textbook for those teaching non-major science courses, as well.

The Bacterium of Many Colors will be published at a discounted rate as an eBook for use by students in nonmajor science courses and for personal use.

Educators may review the print edition (but not the eBook editions) of The Bacterium of Many Colors for consideration as a course textbook. Call 1.800.328.7560 U.S. and Canada (+1.651.454.7250 elsewhere) or send an e-mail to Please include name of course, name of institution, your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and the name of the book. Instructors who examine this textbook for course adoption will be given login and password information to access the online resources.

The Bacterium of Many Colors
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  • $64.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: History
  • Published: Jun 01, 2015
  • Publisher: APS PRESSy
  • Seller: American Phytopathological Society
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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