Challenges to Crop Biosecurity
Plant systems are the foundation of food production systems and consequently, among the most important components of a sustainable society. There are many threats to plant systems that put sustainability at risk. Many challenges exist to achieving plant biosecurity at the local, regional, and global scales. Challenges to plant biosecurity include population growth, globalization, climate change, bioterrorism and biocrime, and changing agribusiness infrastructure. Additional challenges include the need for communications networks to enable collaborative diagnostics, the development of national and international technology strategies to promote the rapid global deployment of appropriate diagnostic technologies and standardized protocols, and the need for education programs regarding the importance of plant biosecurity to sustainability. It is important for each nation to develop a plant biosecurity infrastructure that ensures a safe and constant supply of food, feed, and fiber. It is equally important to develop an international framework for cooperation that maintains plant biosecurity without compromising trade.
KeywordsAgroterrorism biocrime plant biosecurity crop biosecurity communications networks
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