Minnesota Specific References
For Minnesota specific information about plant diseases, visit the University of Minnesota Extension’s Gardening Information website.
Check out timely article’s about current pest problems in the Yard & Garden Newsletter.
Use the online diagnostic tool ‘What’s wrong with my plant?’ to identify a pest problem.
Search for publications about common plant disease problems.
Also see Michelle’s recommended books and references for
2009 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers
This book is updated yearly and provides insect and disease management information including registered pesticides, cultural control practices and resistant varieties.
Purchase at the MNFVGA Conference
To order the book, call (612) 624-4900 or 1-800-876-8636 (ask for BU–07094).
You may also order via the web, Minnesota Extension Service Web site:
Diseases and Pests of Vegetable Crops in Canada
This book covers a wide variety of vegetable crops including information about diseases, insects, and abiotic problems. Pest identification, biology and managment options are described. Color photos included.
Howard, Garland, and Seaman 1994
The Canadian Phytopathological Society and the Entomological Society of Canada
http://www.esc-sec.ca/book.html Tel.(613) 725-2619
Vegetable MD Online
Managed by Cornell University
This website covers a wide variety of vegetable diseases, includes photos and articles on disease biology and control. Also at this website you can find a list of disease resistant vegetable varieties that is updated regularly.
2009 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers
An online version of the book, This website is updated yearly and provides insect and disease management information including registered pesticides, cultural control practices and resistant varieties.
Compendium of Raspberry and Blackberry Diseases and Insects
Edited by M.A. Ellis, R.H. Converse, R.N. Williams, and B. Williamson
Published by the American Phytopathological Society 1991
Compendium of Strawberry Diseases, second edition
Edited by J.L. Maas
Published by the American Phytopathological Society 1998
Compendium of Blueberry and Cranberry Diseases
Edited by F.L. Caruso and D.C. Ramsdell
Published by the American Phytopathological Society 1995
Compendium of Grape Diseases
edited by R.C. Pearson and A.C. Goheen
Published by the American Phytopathological Society 1988
Compendium of Apple and Pear Diseases
edited by A.L. Jones and H.S. Aldwinckle
Published by the American Phytopathological Society 1990
The Berry Diagnostic Tool
Managed by Cornell University and North Carolina State University
Covers raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, blueberry and current diseases
Index of Fruit Tree Disease for the Mid Atlantic Region
Managed by West Virginia University
Some diseases won’t occur in MN, but many are applicable
Good articles and color photos for each disease
Tree fruit insects and pests
Managed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, BC, Canada
Good photos, biology and control for fruit tree diseases
Diseases of Trees and Shrubs, Second Edition
-This book very comprehensively covers diseases of trees and shrubs. Color photos, description of biology, some management included.
By Sinclair and Lewis
Cornell University Press 2005
Diseases of Woody Ornamentals and Trees in Nurseries
by Jones and Benson
-This book covers disese problems common ornamental shrubs grown in nurseries. Some management is nursery specific but much is applicable in a landscape setting.
Published by the American Phytopathological Society 2001
A Pocket IPM Scouting Guide for Woody Landscape Plants
compiled and edited by D.Brown-Rytlewski Michigan State University Extension Bulletin E-2839
-This is a quick reference of common insect pests and diseases of woody landscape plants. The booklet is pocket sized, contains color photos and information to help in identification and management of the pest.
USDA Forest Service – Northeastern Area Forest Health Protection
-updates on relevant disease and insect information
-numerous free publications on disease problems, insect pests, and management practices for trees
Christmas Tree Pest Manual by the USDA Forest Service and Michigan State University Extension
-Free online book
-Diagnose insect and disease problems in pine, spruce, and fir trees
International Society of Arboriculture
-Society of professional arboriculturalists includes conferences, educational materials and more
Minnesota DNR Forestry
-Tree care and management
-Tree insects and disease
-Contact information for forest health managers in your area
Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials
M.L.Gleason, M.L. Daughtrey, A.R. Chase, G.W. Moorman, and D.S. Mueller
Published by the American Phytopathological Society 2009
-This book provides a comprehensive look at diseases of over 150 popular perennials. Identification and management of common diseases is covered. Color photos of many disease problems are included.
Diseases of Annuals and Perennials - A Ball Guide, Identification and Control
A.R. Chase, M. Daughtrey, and G.W. Simone, Ball Publishing 1995
-This book has short summaries about disease biology and management. The book also has a large section of color photos of common diseases on common annuals and perennials. It is a good reference for identification of diseases on annuals and perennials.
Pests & Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials - The Biological Approach
S. Gil, D.L. Clement, and E. Dutkey, Ball Publishing 1999
-This book covers both insect pests and disease problems. Information about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is provided. Basic biology and control of common diseases are covered and many color photos are included.
A Pocket Guide for IPM Scouting in Herbaceous Perennials
J. Byrne and R. A. Cloyd, Michigan State University Extension Bulletin E-2981
-This is a quick reference of common insect pests and diseases of perennials. The booklet is pocket sized, contains color photos and information to help in identification and management of the pest.
Compendium of Flowering Potted Plant Disease
M.L. Daughtrey, R.L. Wick, and J.L. Peterson, APS Press 1995
-This book primarily talks about diseases of annuals and other bedding plants in the greenhouse. Since many of these diseases also occur in the garden, it would be a useful reference to garden managers that focus on annuals in the landscape. This is a very detailed book, with information on biology of the pathogen, disease identification and management options.
Compendium of Turfgrass Disesaes Third Edition
R.W. Smiley, P.H. Dernoeden, and B.B. Clarke
Published by the American Phytopathological Society 2005
-This book covers all turfgrass diseases including information on identification, biology and management. Color photos included.
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