About the book
Timely plant pathogen diagnostics can save up to 50% of the total agricultural yield worldwide. Current
molecular and imaging methods for detection and identification of plant diseases have many limitations that will be discussed in this book. This sparked interest in the development of minimally invasive and substrate general spectroscopic
techniques that can be used directly in the field for confirmatory plant disease diagnostics.
This book will also discuss recent progress in development of reflectance, infrared, Raman and surface-enhanced Raman
spectroscopy for detection and identification of plant diseases. It will also present advantages and disadvantages of these optical spectroscopy methods compared to the most common molecular and imaging techniques.
The book also aims to discuss specific plant diseases, their symptoms and available methods of treatment.