The Role of Plant Pathology in Food Safety and Food Security
Edited by R N Strange and Maria Lodovica Gullino
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.
Hardcover 155 pp ISBN 9781402089312
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.
The role of plant pathology in food safety and food security. 1. Plant diseases and the world's
dependence on rice;
R.S. Zeigler, S. Savary.- 2. Development of appropriate strategies to control cassava diseases in Ghana;
E. Moses.- 3. Biosecurity in the movement of commodities as a component of global food security;
N.A. van der Graaff, W. Khoury.
Global Food Security. 4. ISPP and the challenge of food security; P. Scott, R.N. Strange.-
5. Globalisation and the threat of biosecurity; H.C. Evans, J.M. Waller.- 6. Genetic Modification
(GM) as a new tool in the resistance toolbox; T. Hohn, G. Schachermayr.- 7. The role of plant
pathology and biotechnology in food security in Africa; J.M. Onsando, F. Wambugu.
Mycotoxins. 8. The secondary metabolite toxin, sirodesmin PL, and its role in virulence of the blackleg fungus;
B.J. Howlett et al.- 9. Biological and chemical complexity of Fusarium proliferatum; R.H. Proctor et al.
Biosecurity and quarantine. 10. Bioterrorism: a threat to plant biosecurity?; J.P. Stack et al.- 11.
The revised IPPC
- a new context for plant quarantine; W. Roberts.- 12. Pest risk analysis as applied to plant pathogens;
F. Petter et al.
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