Diseases of Vegetable Crops in Australia

Hardback - April 2010 - AU $160.00

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Provides a diagnostic guide and a key reference for diseases affecting vegetable crops in Australia.

Diseases of Vegetable Crops in Australia provides a diagnostic guide and a key reference for diseases affecting vegetable crops in Australia. + Full description

This is an extensively revised and expanded edition of a previous publication that was a standard reference for the Australian vegetable industry.

Authors from across Australia provide essential information about the important diseases affecting most vegetable grown across Australia’s diverse horticultural production areas. The book includes an account of the causes of plant diseases and the principles underlying their control. It provides an overview of important diseases common to many Australian vegetable crops. Causal pathogens, symptoms, source of infection, how the diseases are spread and recommended management are described for 36 major and specialty crops. Special reference is made to exotic diseases that are biosecurity threats to Australian vegetable production.

The text is supported by quality colour images to help growers diagnose diseases.

- Short description


"This has become my vegie bible. It taught me many new facts.

... essential for any horticulturist, farmer or lecturer. The keen amateur vegie or fruit grower will also be lost without them."
Don Burke, Burke’s Backyard, pp. 50, October 2012

"...this handy book also identifies diseases that can be transmitted by seed, making it a really valuable resource for successful seed savers and community food gardeners."
Jerry Coleby-Williams, Gardening Australia, January 2011


Hardback | April 2010 | $160.00
ISBN: 9780643096387 | 304 pages | 270 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour illustrations

ePDF | ISBN: 9780643100435
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
April 2010 | Available from eRetailers

ePUB | ISBN: 9780643101913
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
April 2010 | Available from eRetailers


  • Written in a straightforward style with a minimum of scientific terms
  • Introductory chapter outlines the causes of diseases and principles of management
  • Each disease is extensively illustrated with high quality colour photographs. Over 190 pages of colour plates
  • Contains a comprehensive glossary and provides up-to-date sources of further information


Denis Persley is a Principal Plant Pathologist with Agri-Science Queensland (Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation) (DEEDI). He has extensive research experience in the identification and control of virus diseases in plants. He is also an experienced extension specialist and coordinates information systems for integrated vegetable crop protection. Denis has coordinated and contributed to previous handbooks of fruit and vegetable diseases, particularly as editor of Diseases of Vegetable Crops published in 1994.

Tony Cooke is a Senior Experimental Officer with Agri-Science Queensland (DEEDI). He has extensive experience in diseases of tropical and sub-tropical fruit. His work in research and extension is undertaken both in Australia and internationally. Tony’s focus has been to reduce postharvest disease losses which can be extensive in markets. He has collaborated on previous handbooks of fruit and vegetable diseases published by DPI&F.

Susan House is a specialist in information extension with Agri-Science Queensland (DEEDI), teaming with scientists to create electronic and print resources for agricultural industries. She has developed handbooks and web products for producers in forestry, horticulture and viticulture. Pursuit of science writing and communication developed from 15 years’ experience in research, teaching and publishing in biological sciences, including reproductive ecology of Australian rainforest and woodland trees.