Malcolm C. Shurtleff, renowned plant pathologist (1922- 2010), University of Illinois, suggested to Anne M. Alvarez to write a book on bacterial diseases in 2001. This evolved into creating a CD, beginning in 2003, a multi complex process published by the American Phytopaththolgical Society (APS) in 2010.
This was the basis for creating this website in 2019. There were over 200 contributors from beginning to end. Colleagues from UC Berkeley (UCB) included J. G. Hancock, N. J. Panopoulos, H McCain, D.C. Hildebrand, and A. R. Weinhold, the latter being Editor in Chief and Past President of APS. He provided advice and editorial skills. Holly A. Schroth, Haas Business School, UCB added business acumen. Staff members often play an invaluable role such as programming and dealing with copyright/permission issues. We therefore cite Steve Kronmiller and Sue Figueroa of APS during the earlier years of working with the CD.
Special thanks are given to our country coordinators: M. Goto (Japan), A. C. Hayward and D. S. Teakle (Australia) and J. M. Young (New Zealand). Our task was greatly assisted by a number of additional contributors who provided large numbers of images. These were: I. W. Buddenhagen, L. E. Claflin, M.
Daughtrey, M. J. Davis, R. D. Gitaitis, S. K. Mohan, R. D. Raabe, H. F. Schwartz, W. Schweigkofler, W. A. Sinclair, S. V. Thomson and J. M. van der Wolf. We also thank N. W. Schaad and the APS ad hoc committee for bacterial names, and the APS Bacteriology Committee for their support of this project beginning in 2003.