Pictorial Atlas of Plant Diseases Diagnosed in Tasmania

The “Pictorial Atlas of Plant Diseases Diagnosed in Tasmania” has recently been published by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

The atlas was produced by Dr Ziqing Yuan with the images collated over the past 10 years, working as a Senior Plant Pathologist with the Plant Biosecurity and Diagnostics Branch, Biosecurity Tasmania.

One hundred plant diseases caused by fungi and nematodes occurring in Tasmania and mainland Australia are presented in the atlas.  Ninety two species of fungi and eight nematodes are illustrated morphologically, and in most cases the disease symptoms are also shown in the atlas. 

The book covers a wide range of host plants in agriculture, horticulture and forestry and will become a valuable reference to plant pathologists throughout the country and internationally.  The significant micrographs are also great resources for teaching.

In his foreword to the Atlas, Andrew Bishop, Chief Health Plant Manager (Tasmania) wrote:

This publication is the result of the significant efforts of Biosecurity Tasmania’s plant pathology team and in particular its senior plant pathologist, Dr Ziqing Yuan. The images provided of specimens photographed during the course of the pathologist’s work are not only informative and constructive, they are each very much an opportunity to look into a fascinating world of interaction between disease organisms and the plants they attack. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all staff in Biosecurity Tasmania for the work they do in ensuring Tasmania’s biosecurity status is maintained, and in particular my own staff located in the plant pathology team and in particular to the very talented Dr Ziqing Yuan.

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