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Biosecurity Implications of New Technology and Discovery in Plant Virus Research

  • Robin MacDiarmid mail,

    robin.macdiarmid@plantandfood.co.nz

    Affiliations: The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited, Auckland, New Zealand, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

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  • Brendan Rodoni,

    Affiliation: Department of Primary Industries, AgriBio – Centre for Agriobioscience, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

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  • Ulrich Melcher,

    Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States of America

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  • Francisco Ochoa-Corona,

    Affiliation: Institute for Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB), Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States of America

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  • Marilyn Roossinck

    Affiliations: Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America, Department of Biology, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Published: August 01, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003337

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virus diversity

Posted by edrybicki on 04 Aug 2013 at 16:52 GMT

As someone who has worked in the area of plant virus diversity for some 36 years, I ca only echo your recommendations - and especially numbers 1 and 3!

Seriously, it is high time that large surveys of plant incidence were funded, especially in areas of high plant diversity where agriculture is expanding. Like a big chunk of Africa! We have tried to get things like this off the ground, but despite our best efforts with Rockefeller and Gates Foundations in 2007, nothing happened.

Great piece of work, folks; I will be using it as ammo for prising monies out of people back here.

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