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The Role of Plant Pathology in Food Safety and Food Security


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This book views the vulnerability of our crops in general to devastating diseases as well as specifically the disease problems of two important staples, rice and cassava. Increased travel and increased transport of plant material throughout the world pose ever more significant risks to the health of our plants. These include not only the destruction of our food crops by pathogens which may be imported accidentally or maliciously but also their contamination by fungi that produce powerful toxins (mycotoxins). How we should respond to these challenges is the subject of several papers. Clearly, quarantine is an important measure by which the spread of plant pathogens may be at least delayed, if not curtailed altogether, but breeding plants for resistance is the mainstay for maintaining the comparative health and productivity of our crops. However, adequate resistance may not be available in the gene pool of a given species or genus and therefore the possibility of genetic modification arises, a topic treated in two of the papers.

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Plant diseases and the world's dependence on rice / R.S. Zeigler, S. Savary — Development of appropriate strategies to control cassava diseases in Ghana / E. Moses — Biosecurity in the movement of commodities as a component of global food security / N.A. van der Graaff, W. Khoury — ISPP and the challenge of food security / Peter Scott, Richard Strange — Globalisation and the threat to biosecurity / Harry C. Evans, James M. Waller — Genetic modification (GM) as a new tool in the resistance toolbox / Thomas Hohn, Gabriele Schachermayr — The role of plant pathology and biotechnology in food security in Africa / James M. Onsando, Florence Wambugu — The secondary metabolite toxin, Sirodesmin PL, and its role in virulence of the blackleg fungus / Barbara J. Howlett ... [et al.] — Biological and chemical complexity of Fusarium proliferatum / Robert H. Proctor, Anne E. Desjardins, Antonio Moretti — Bioterrorism : a threat to plant biosecurity? / J.P. Stack, F. Suffert, M.L. Gullino — The revised international plant protection convention : a new context for plant quarantine / William Roberts — Pest risk analysis as applied to plant pathogens / Franoise Petter, Sarah Brunel, Muriel Suffert.

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