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Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2011 Jul 12;366(1573):1933-42. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0415.

Infectious diseases of animals and plants: an interdisciplinary approach.

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Department of Geography, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull HU6 7RX, UK. katy.wilkinson@hull.ac.uk

Abstract

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.

PMID:
21624914
PMCID:
PMC3130394
DOI:
10.1098/rstb.2010.0415
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