United Kingdom crop production and the natural environment are vulnerable to the introduction of plant diseases. The overall aim of this project is to develop a critical, inter-disciplinary appraisal of the potential impacts of plant diseases (on food and non-food species) on land use and the UK rural economy.

This will be achieved through:

  • The assessment of the likely occurrence of a catastrophic plant disease outbreak in major UK crops over the next 10-15 years 
  • An examination of the routes of transmission and epidemic foci of emerging or changing plant diseases specific to food and non-food plants through normal trade activity and natural transmission.
  • An examination of the environmental and socio-economic impacts of specific plant diseases on selected rural communities in the UK, including an assessment of alternative management strategies on individual stakeholders and community behaviour.

Overall, the project will provide a generic framework for taking a holistic approach to risk analysis, regulation and governance for plant diseases and scenario planning to inform the national response to catastrophic plant disease epidemics.

Findings from this project will be communicated through media channels (including film) in addition to conventional publications and appropriate events.



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Plant health challenges for a sustainable land use and rural economy

Author: Marco Pautasso Date: Monday, February 13, 2012 Book chapter

Phytophthora ramorum in England and Wales : which environmental variables predict county disease incidence?

Author: Vicky Chadfield Date: Sunday, January 1, 2012 Journal article

Growing risk? : grower-agronomist relationships and plant disease management in the UK potato and wheat sectors

Author: Brian Ilbery Date: Sunday, January 1, 2012 Working paper

Biodiversity, plant diseases and networks

Author: Marco Pautasso Date: Monday, August 15, 2011 Seminar/workshop

Governing biosecurity in a neoliberal world : comparative perspectives from Australia and the United Kingdom

Author: Damian Maye Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011 Article (submitted)

Structural changes and disease incidence in the UK mushroom industry

Author: Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011 Article (submitted)

Risk and plant disease management: supply chain perspectives

Author: Brian Ilbery Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011 Article (submitted)

Grower stategies to manage plant disease risk in the UK wheat and potato sectors

Author: Damian Maye Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011 Article (submitted)

Reconstructing the spread of an invasive plant pathogen (mushroom virus X) through trade links using spatio-temporal and molecular data

Author: Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011 Article (submitted)

Stakeholder perceptions of plant disease risk

Author: Brian Ilbery Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011 Article (submitted)

Risk and plant disease management : supply chain perspectives in the UK wheat sector

Author: Julie Ingram Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Growing risk? : growers' perceptions of plant disease risk in the UK

Author: Damian Maye Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

The use of networks in the study of climate-related vulnerabilities

Author: Marco Pautasso Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Presentation/lecture

Food security and infectious diseases

Organiser: Peter Mills Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Organised event

Food security and infectious diseases

Organiser: Peter Mills Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Organised event

Managing plant disease : crop protection and on-farm biosecurity

Author: Damian Maye Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Seminar/workshop

Modelling the spread of mushroom virus X in the UK mushroom industry

Author: Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Seminar/workshop

Infectious diseases of animals and plants : an interdisciplinary approach

Author: Katy Wilkinson Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 Journal article

Integrating natural and social science perspectives on plant disease risk, management and policy formulation

Author: Peter Mills Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 Journal article

Stakeholders' perceptions of plant invasions in Galicia, Spain

Co-Investigator: Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Opinions and trends on impact of climate change on plant diseases

Co-Investigator: Mike Jeger Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

La ville dans l'environnement : métabolismes, empreintes, trajectoires

Co-Investigator: Marco Pautasso Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Plant health threats to agriculture from globalisation and climate change

Author: Mike Jeger Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

International plant biosecurity regimes

Co-Investigator: Alan MacLeod Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Decision making in agriculture

Co-Investigator: Steven Parker Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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Start date
Friday, August 31, 2007
End date
Monday, February 28, 2011
Grant holder
Professor Peter Mills
Co-applicants
Dr Stephane Pietravalle
Dr Steve Parker
Dr Alan MacLeod
Professor Michael Jeger
Mrs ESTHER KASAMBA
Dr Glyn Jones
Professor Brian ILBERY
Dr Francisco Areal
Dr Damian Maye
Grant amount
$877,183.53
Grant reference
RES-229-25-0013
Discipline
Area & Development Studies
Area and Development Studies
Grant type