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

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-20, 18:45 authored by Katherine EvansKatherine Evans, Jason ScottJason Scott, Kara BarryKara Barry
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.


Publication title

Plant Disease








Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)


Amer Phytopathological Soc

Place of publication

3340 Pilot Knob Road, St Paul, USA, Mn, 55121

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Copyright 2020 The American Phytopathological Society

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Socio-economic Objectives

Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems; Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments; Other environmental management not elsewhere classified