The Handbook of Plant Biosecurity Principles and Practices for the Identification, Containment and Control of Organisms that Threaten Agriculture and the Environment Globally



Bibliographic Information:
Title: The Handbook of Plant Biosecurity Principles and Practices for the Identification, Containment and Control of Organisms that Threaten Agriculture and the Environment Globally
Editor: Gordon Gordh
Simon McKirdy 
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Springer Publications
Length: 729 pages
Size: 11.8 MB
Language: English




When looking at the frontispiece of this Handbook, the aphorism “A picture is
worth a thousand words” is apropos in many ways:
1. Invasive pests can be persistent and pernicious.
2. Human interventions can be comical.
3. After 120 years, biosecurity regulators still use tree-climbing technology to
survey and mitigate some pest occurrences.
4. Biosecurity regulatory work can be challenging and hazardous but also effective
and rewarding – compare the experiences with the European Gypsy Moth in
North America and the Asian Longhorn Beetle (Chap. 16).
The genesis of this Handbook came from discussions among the editors,
academics, and regulatory officials in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the
USA on the ways in which information from the advances in science and technology
is used to support the management of invasive plant pests. We also discussed
the ways and the importance of communication among nations regarding the
regulatory events and ongoing efforts to minimize the movement of unwanted
plant pests (which incur diseases and induce weeds).
During the past 20 years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the impact of
invasive alien species (IAS) upon agriculture and natural resources in all countries.
This increase in IAS incursions can be attributed to the exponential growth in
international trade and travel. While state and federal governments of many
countries have redoubled their efforts to contain or eradicate invasive alien species,
we have also noted that the public is generally unaware of the dangers posed by
these species and the extent of regulatory work involved in the control or eradication
of pests.
We perceived the need for an overview of regulatory work in plant biosecurity as
practiced by local and national officials. We have called our efforts a “handbook”
because we hope that the lay public, regulatory officers/administrators, scientists,
the industry, and political leaders will use it as a reference work. We also hope that
this Handbook will also serve as a textbook for students interested in pursuing a
career in plant biosecurity work.



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