The science of Forest Pathology is a complex amalgamation of forestry, plant pathology, ecology, and biology. The book is intended to provide beginning and intermediate students with a comprehensive introduction to the important aspects of the field of forest pathology and tree diseases. The book is arranged in two major parts. The fundamental chapters, present forest diseases, pathogens, epidemics, and management that is applicable to all forest trees. The applied chapters on the individual crops that are grouped alphabetically present information on the symptoms, pathogen and integrated management of major diseases of forest trees. It was designed to give students a broad overview of the field of forest pathology but with sufficient detail that they will be able to assess their specific role as practicing forestry professionals.
The book will support a pressing need for a text and reference book in Forest Pathology for the students pursuing Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree programs in State Agricultural Universities and other institutes in India. This book is of a specific value for courses in Forest Pathology and Forest Diseases and their Management, since, at present, there is no single textbook available that covers the entire syllabus prescribed by Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Indian Council of Forest Research and Education, and professionals have to refer several books for the complete syllabus coverage.