Lookup NU author(s): Professor Philip Lowe,
Professor Jeremy Phillipson
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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.
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
Print publication date: 01/07/2011
ISSN (print): 0962-8436
ISSN (electronic): 1471-2970
Publisher: The Royal Society