Plant health challenges for a sustainable land use and rural economy

Pautasso, Marco and Dehnen-Schmutz, Katharina and Ilbery, Brian W and Jeger, Mike, J and Jones, Glyn and Little, Ruth and MacLeod, Alan and Maye, Damian and Parker, Steve and Pietravalle, Stephan and Mills, Peter (2012) Plant health challenges for a sustainable land use and rural economy. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 7 (063). ISSN 17498848

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Abstract

Plant health is a key condition for a sustainable land use and rural economy. Drawing on a Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU)-funded project on the growing risk of plant diseases in the UK, current and future challenges to plant health are discussed. It is well recognized that farmers have an important role in shaping plant health policies at a time of major structural changes in agricultural industries. However, the role of consumers has also much potential to improve sustainability of plant disease management options. The phytosanitary legislation is catching up with the many recent developments in plant health, but needs to be integrated with policies aimed at achieving animal and human health. Interdisciplinary approaches in research on plant health, as well as an increasing involvement of stakeholders in the management of plant epidemics, are to be welcomed. Plant diseases also influence (and are influenced by) land use and environmental regulations in general. Climate change is likely to increase the frequency and magnitude of new plant disease outbreaks, particularly when combined with globalization of trade, intensification of land use and structural evolution of the agricultural sector. To tackle the many challenges to plant health, it is mandatory to ensure long-term funding for interdisciplinary plant health research and management

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptive ecosystem management, Biodiversity, Biotic interactions, Climate warming, Landscapepathology, Long-term datasets, Phytophthora ramorum , Plant disease epidemiology, Rural Economy and LandUse (RELU), Seed exchange networks
Subjects: 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: 11 Apr 2014 14:54
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 14:05
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/493

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