Dr B. S. Thind ex-Professor-cum-Head, Department of Plant Pathology, Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, India has 35 years of experience in teaching, research and transfer of technology. Has taught courses in plant pathology and plant bacteriology to the UG and PG classes including advance courses of 600 series to the PG classes. He has conducted research investigations on bacterial blight of rice, bacterial stalk rot of maize, bacterial blight of cowpea, bacterial leaf spot of green gram, bacterial leaf spot of chillies and bacterial soft rot of potatoes. He also acted as Principal Investigator of two ICAR-funded research schemes entitled, Detection and control of phytopathogenic bacteria from cowpea and mung bean seeds from 1981 to 1986 and Perpetuation, variability and control of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, the causal agent of bacterial blight of rice from 1989 to 1993, and also of a DST funded research scheme Biological control of bacterial blight, sheath blight, sheath rot and brown leaf spot of rice from 1999 to 2002. He also authored a manual entitled Plant Bacteriology and a book entitled, Phytopathogenic Procaryotes and Plant Diseases published by Scientific Publishers (India). He is Life member of Indian Phytopathological Society, Indian Society of Plant Pathologists, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, and Indian Science Congress Association.
The book entitled, Phytopathogenic Bacteria and Plant Diseases is a comprehensive resource for plant pathology and plant bacteriology students, teachers and research workers looking for fundamental knowledge on all important aspects of phytobacteriology as well as the recent advances in the discipline and detailed information on bacterial diseases of plants and their management. The author Dr. B.S. Thind, a renowned plant bacteriologist, has organized the book into seven chapters with an easy and simple language to grasp the various aspects of phytobacteriology. Overall, this is a very useful text book on Phytopathogenic Bacteria and Plant Diseases for students of plant bacteriology and plant pathology, researchers and extension specialists. Vineet K. Sharma, Editor-in-Chief, Indian Society of Plant Pathologists