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Branching Out: Features from the Past for the Future

Branching Out Feature BookWe’ve consolidated and organized the 150 updated feature articles previously published in Branching Out  into a 300 page book that we’re hoping will enable plant health care professionals, educators, Master Gardeners, etc. to have ready access to up-to-date tree and shrub pest management information. Branching Out features contain information on a wide array of the most important pest management issues that plant health care professionals are likely to face in any given year.

     Many of the feature articles deal with pests and pathogens that have similar symptoms (e.g. conifer twig problems, witches’ brooms, leaf scorch) but for purposes of this book, an alternative organizational scheme that leads IPM practitioners more directly to relevant information was employed. Each feature, complete with topnotch color illustrations, describes in some detail either an individual pest/pathogen, a group of closely related (by symptoms or hosts) pests/pathogens, plant problems caused by non-infectious agents, or some other important issue.

Branching Out: Features from the Past for the Future is available from Branching Out, Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, 334 Plant Science Building, Ithaca, NY 14853. Cost $35 (includes postage and handling in continental US. Price for Canada is $42); checks made out to Cornell University. Print oder formpdf

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     The feature articles are different from traditional industry or academic generated fact sheets in that writers do more than illustrate pests/pathogens and detail life cycles; they use the opportunity to develop IPM concepts that justify recommended management strategies.

     The book also has a table of contents and an index to direct readers to important information quickly and easily. About ⅓ of the original feature articles in the early years of Branching Out were not illustrated in color because we couldn’t afford what was, at the time, such luxury. Those illustrations have now been replaced and everything is in color unless we decided that a line drawing provided a better way to illustrate a particular point.

     Practitioners can use this resource to hone their diagnostic skills and to put a conceptual framework behind whatever management strategy they are proposing to implement. They will also have a bit of an historic record of some unusual outbreaks or epidemics inasmuch as those also would have been worthy of extended treatment in a feature article. Together, the collection provides end-users with ready answers to vexing questions and enables them to make informed decisions about pest management strategies. We hope you are as pleased with the result as we are!