Risk and Plant Disease Management: Supply Chain Perspectives in the UK Wheat Sector

Ilbery, Brian W and Maye, Damian and Ingram, Julie and Little, Ruth (2013) Risk and Plant Disease Management: Supply Chain Perspectives in the UK Wheat Sector. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 8 (3). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1712-8277

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Abstract

While the relationship between food security and plant diseases has been the subject of scientific research, little is known about the attitudes of key supply chain actors towards plant diseases within specific food supply chains. Drawing on concepts of crop protection, control and risk perception, this paper examines ways in which endemic plant disease risks in the UK wheat supply chain are perceived and managed by key ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ businesses. Septoria and Yellow Rust emerge as the main perceived disease threats to UK wheat production. However, interviewees feel that plant disease is a controllable risk and one that rests mainly at the production end of the supply chain. As a consequence of this assumed ‘control’, there is a tendency to grow higher-yielding but less disease-resistant wheat varieties. This increases risk along the wheat supply chain, potentially raising costs and prices. Climate change and the potential banning of certain fungicides under EU legislation are perceived future threats that could increase uncertainty and change the balance between ‘control’ and ‘resistance’, the latter through the use of more disease resistant varieties. More research is urgently needed on the perceived impacts of plant disease on other food supply chains and on the relationship between crop protection and risk perception.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Plant disease, Crop protection, Control, Resistance, Risk perception, UK wheat supply chain.
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Debi Jones-Davis
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 07:32
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 14:02
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/424

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