Surveillance for soilborne microbial biocontrol agents and plant pathogens

Whittle, Peter and Sundh, Ingvar and Neate, Stephen (2015) Surveillance for soilborne microbial biocontrol agents and plant pathogens. In: Biosecurity surveillance: quantitative approaches. CABI Invasives Series, 6. CABI, Wallingford, United Kingdom, pp. 181-202. ISBN 978-1-78064-359-5


Soilborne microbes are well known in agriculture as biological control agents and plant pathogens. Methods for their detection or diagnosis have been studied extensively over decades in order to identify the organisms, elucidate their biology, detect their presence and estimate their prevalence in environments, manipulate and control their populations, and answer questions about risk. The high importance of microbial biocontrol agents and soilborne plant pathogens in agriculture and the environment has given rise to needs to undertake surveillance on them. The appropriate design of surveillance (the deployment of detection methods in practice in order to create surveillance information) is driven by the questions that need to be answered, which depend on the context. This chapter will discuss the reasons for surveillance for these two groups of soilborne microbes and the methods used for their detection, to see whether there are opportunities, or needs, to improve the design of soilborne microbe surveillance.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 04:47
Last Modified: 03 May 2018 05:19
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960413 Control of Plant Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1079/9781780643595.0000

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