Cooper, Ian, Kuehne, Thomas, Polischuk, Valery P. (Eds.)
2006, XII, 148 p.
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Without sensationalizing or providing technical details that would result in a terrorist's handbook, this volume reflects the concerns expressed by experts from 12 states. A range of usually-neglected vulnerabilities are highlighted. Assessments that focus on the horrifying potential of bioterrorism directly targeting people are commonplace.
This book is exceptional because of its focus on indirect impacts on human health and welfare through challenge to the security of food. These urgently need to be recognised and made subjects of planned investment to counter the threat. Examples of past state-sponsored and independent actions are discussed. The evolution of biological (chemical defoliant) systems for controlling plant growth with unambiguously humanitarian aims is shown to have resulted in a range of counter-terrorist uses. These provide a background for discussion that draws upon experience in tropical and temperate regions and spans the potential for harm offered by naturally occurring plant pathogenic viruses targeting food plants or forestry. Management options are addressed and the need for protection is set against the risk of discouraging biotechnolo
Preface. A short History of Warfare Emphasising the biological Aspects; D.J. Osborne.- Crop Viruses and Virus Diseases: A Global Perspective; J.M. Thresh.- Plant Viruses in European Agriculture: Current Problems and Future Aspects; R.A.A. Van der Vlugt.- Significant Ways to spread Plant Virus Diseases in agricultural Ecosystems: Is Agroterrorism possible?; G. Adam.- Soil-borne Viruses of Crop Plants – Potential Agents for bioterrorist Attacks?; T. Kühne.- Genomic Approaches in Virus Diagnostics: A personal Assessment of Realities when faced with Viruses in a Plant Biosecurity Context; J.I. Cooper.- Molecular Methods for Detection and Quantitation of Viruses in Aphids; M. Cambra.- The Use of monoclonal Antibodies in Plant Protection and for Studying Virus-induced pathogenic Processes; T. Erokhina.- Identification of Plant Host Factors interacting with Viruses: Novel Targets for Virus Control; M. Taliansky.- Current View on Host Components involved in Plant Virus intercellular Trafficking; S. Morozov.- Abiotic environmental Factors: Effects on Epidemiology of Plant Virus Infections; V. Polischuk.- Somaclonal Variation as a Source of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus-Resistance in Plants; I.S. Shcherbatenko.- List of contributors.- Index.