AMES, Iowa – “Soybean Diseases,” the popular Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) publication, is now available as an e-book. The publication, released in print version in December 2010, was written by Daren Mueller, ISU Extension specialist with the Corn and Soybean Initiative, and his ISU Extension colleagues Alison Robertson, plant pathologist; Greg Tylka, nematologist; and Adam Sisson, ISU Corn and Soybean Initiative specialist. Funding was provided by the Iowa soybean checkoff and ISU Extension.
The “Soybean Diseases” e-book is available at www.iasoybeans.com/productionresearch/publications/SBDiseases/. The online reference guide features full-screen, high-resolution images of 25 diseases that infect soybeans grown in Iowa.
“The e-book version of ‘Soybean Diseases’ is an interactive publication, complete with animated turning pages,” Mueller said. “An image enlargement is generated when the reader clicks on an illustration or photograph in the e-book. This capability makes it easier for those with only Web access to use and benefit from the detailed photographs and information in the publication.”
David Wright, ISA director of contract research and strategic initiatives, said, “This e-book not only enables readers to identify disease-related problems of soybeans, it also provides management options. For instance, it includes videos of how to sample and manage two of Iowa’s most troublesome pathogens, soybean cyst nematode and sudden death syndrome.”
The ISU Extension Online Store offers both the e-book and printed versions of the publication; order by calling 515-294-5247 or going to www.extension.iastate.edu/store/ or contact the Iowa Soybean Association at 800-383-1423.