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Plant pest surveillance: from satellites to molecules

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nawaporn OnkokesungORCiD, Dr Sarah Sommer, Dr Thomas HowardORCiD, Dr Alex Laverick, Professor Neil Boonham



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© 2021 The Author(s).Plant pests and diseases impact both food security and natural ecosystems, and the impact has been accelerated in recent years due to several confounding factors. The globalisation of trade has moved pests out of natural ranges, creating damaging epidemics in new regions. Climate change has extended the range of pests and the pathogens they vector. Resistance to agrochemicals has made pathogens, pests, and weeds more difficult to control. Early detection is critical to achieve effective control, both from a biosecurity as well as an endemic pest perspective. Molecular diagnostics has revolutionised our ability to identify pests and diseases over the past two decades, but more recent technological innovations are enabling us to achieve better pest surveillance. In this review, we will explore the different technologies that are enabling this advancing capability and discuss the drivers that will shape its future deployment.

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Author(s): Silva G, Tomlinson J, Onkokesung N, Sommer S, Mrisho L, Legg J, Adams IP, Gutierrez-Vazquez Y, Howard TP, Laverick A, Hossain O, Wei Q, Gold KM, Boonham N

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

Year: 2021

Volume: 5

Issue: 2

Pages: 275-287

Online publication date: 15/03/2021

Acceptance date: 22/02/2021

ISSN (print): 2397-8554

ISSN (electronic): 2397-8562

Publisher: Portland Press


DOI: 10.1042/ETLS20200300

PubMed id: 33720345