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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Structural changes and disease incidence in the UK mushroom industry

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

Risk and plant disease management: supply chain perspectives

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

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

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

Stakeholder perceptions of plant disease risk

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

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

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

Agricultural restructuring and changing food networks in the UK

Author: Brian Ibery Date: 01 November 2010 Book chapter

Plant health challenges for a sustainable land use and rural economy

Author: Marco Pautasso Date: 13 February 2012 Book chapter

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

Author: Damian Maye 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 July 2011 Conference paper/presentation

The UK rural economy and land use (RELU) programme : lessons for Australia and New Zealand?

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

Risk, farmer knowledges and disease management

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

Stakeholders' perceptions of plant invasions in Galicia, Spain

Co-Investigator: Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz Date: 01 July 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Decision making in agriculture

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

Opinions and trends on impact of climate change on plant diseases

Co-Investigator: Mike Jeger Date: 01 July 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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

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

Co-Investigator: Marco Pautasso Date: 01 July 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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

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

Plant health threats to agriculture from globalisation and climate change

Author: Mike Jeger 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

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

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

International plant biosecurity regimes

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

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 January 2010 Journal article

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

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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