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Infectious diseases of animals and plants: an interdisciplinary approach Introduction

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Philip Lowe, Professor Jeremy Phillipson

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Abstract

Animal and plant diseases pose a serious and continuing threat to food security, food safety, national economies, biodiversity and the rural environment. New challenges, including climate change, regulatory developments, changes in the geographical concentration and size of livestock holdings, and increasing trade make this an appropriate time to assess the state of knowledge about the impact that diseases have and the ways in which they are managed and controlled. In this paper, the case is explored for an interdisciplinary approach to studying the management of infectious animal and plant diseases. Reframing the key issues through incorporating both social and natural science research can provide a holistic understanding of disease and increase the policy relevance and impact of research. Finally, in setting out the papers in this Theme Issue, a picture of current and future animal and plant disease threats is presented.


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Author(s): Wilkinson K, Grant WP, Green LE, Hunter S, Jeger MJ, Lowe P, Medley GF, Mills P, Phillipson J, Poppy GM, Waage J

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Year: 2011

Volume: 366

Issue: 1573

Pages: 1933-1942

Print publication date: 01/07/2011

ISSN (print): 0962-8436

ISSN (electronic): 1471-2970

Publisher: The Royal Society

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2010.0415

DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0415


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