Foreword: Integrated plant disease management
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Epidemiology, modelling and management
Advances in resistance breeding and biological, chemical and cultural control
Molecular detection, variability and signalling
Climate change and disease management
The last theme was also the topic of a major international workshop on Climate Change, held in Évora during the previous week, and papers based on the presentations made have been included. This issue continues the practice of devoting Special Issues of the journal to major themes in Plant Pathology arising from presentations made at major international conferences and workshops.
Integrated disease plant management is based on an integration of knowledge at different scales: from the molecular to the host landscape. Fundamental understanding of the structure of host and pathogen populations, the ability to detect and quantify populations, and the molecular and cellular underpinnings of the host-pathogen interaction provides the basis for advances in control interventions. Advances in resistance breeding and biological, cultural and chemical control in turn provide a sound framework for integrated plant disease management when combined with epidemiological insight and analysis, often obtained through modelling approaches. The prospect of current and future climate change, and the adaptation and mitigation strategies that will be necessary over the coming decades, sets a broader framework for plant disease management as in other aspects of agriculture, horticulture and silviculture. The selected papers included in this Special Issue amply demonstrate the coherence of the chosen themes.