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Pathogen incursions - integrating technical expertise in a socio-political context


Evans, KJ and Scott, JB and Barry, KM, Pathogen incursions - integrating technical expertise in a socio-political context, Plant Disease, 104 pp. 3097-3109. ISSN 0191-2917 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 The American Phytopathological Society

DOI: doi:10.1094/PDIS-04-20-0812-FE


The incursion of a plant pathogen into a new geographic area initiates a series of decisions about appropriate control or eradication efforts. Incomplete, erroneous, and/or selective information may be used by diverse stakeholders to support individual goals and positions on how an incursion should be managed. We discuss the complex social, political, and technical factors that shape a biosecurity response prior to reviewing information needs and common stakeholder misunderstandings. Selected examples focus on the rust fungi (order Pucciniales). We then explore how plant pathologists, as technical experts, can interact with biosecurity stakeholders to build empathy and understanding that in turn allows a shift from being a distant subject matter expert to an active participant helping to structure problems and shape knowledge flows for better outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biosecurity, extension, incursion, learning, politics, risk, rust, social, stakeholder, uncertainty
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant pathology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Evans, KJ (Associate Professor Katherine Evans)
UTAS Author:Scott, JB (Dr Jason Scott)
UTAS Author:Barry, KM (Associate Professor Kara Barry)
ID Code:141422
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2020-10-20
Last Modified:2021-07-09

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