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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Agricultural restructuring and changing food networks in the UK

Author: Brian Ibery Date: 01 November 2010 Book chapter

Biodiversity, plant diseases and networks

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

Decision making in agriculture

Co-Investigator: Steven Parker Date: 01 July 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Disease spread in small-size directed networks : epidemic threshold, correlation between links to and from nodes, and clustering

Author: Mathieu Moslonka-Lefebvre Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Disease spread in small-size directed trade networks : the role of hierarchical categories

Author: Marco Pautasso Date: 01 December 2010 Journal article

Disease spread in small-sized directed networks : epidemic threshold, correlation between links to and from nodes, and clustering

Author: Mathieu Moslonka-Lefebvre Date: 07 October 2009 Journal article

Epidemic threshold and network structure : the interplay of probability of transmission and of persistence in small-size directed networks

Author: Marco Pautasso Date: 01 January 2008 Journal article

Epidemic threshold and network structure: the interplay of probability of transmission and of persistence in small-size directed networks

Author: Marco Pautasso Date: 01 March 2008 Journal article

Epidemiological modeling of Phytophthora ramorum : network properties of susceptible plant genera movements in the nursery sector of England and Wales

Author: Marco Pautasso Date: 01 January 2008 Conference paper/presentation

Epidemiological risk assessment using linked network and grid based modelling : Phytophthora namorum and P. kernoviae in the UK

Author: Tim Harwood Date: 10 December 2009 Journal article

Epidemiological risk assessment using linked network and grid based modelling : Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae in the UK

Author: Thomas D. Harwood Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Evolution of the international regulation of plant pests and challenges for future plant health

Author: Alan MacLeod Date: 01 March 2010 Journal article

Evolution of the international regulation of plant pests and challenges for future plant health

Author: Alan MacLeod Date: 01 January 2010 Journal article

Food security and infectious diseases

Organiser: Peter Mills Date: 10 August 2011 Organised event

Food security and infectious diseases

Organiser: Peter Mills Date: 10 August 2011 Organised event

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

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

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

Author: Damian Maye Date: 01 July 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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

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

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

Author: Brian Ilbery Date: 01 July 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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

Author: Brian Ilbery Date: 01 January 2012 Working paper

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

Co-Investigator: Damian Maye Date: 01 July 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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

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

Infectious diseases of animals and plants : an interdisciplinary approach

Author: Katy Wilkinson Date: 12 July 2011 Journal article

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

Author: Peter Mills Date: 12 July 2011 Journal article

International plant biosecurity regimes

Co-Investigator: Alan MacLeod Date: 01 July 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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Start date
31 August 2007
End date
28 February 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