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Networks and plant disease management: concepts and applications

Shaw, M.W. and Pautasso, M. (2014) Networks and plant disease management: concepts and applications. Annual Review of Phytopathology, 52. pp. 477-494. ISSN 0066-4286

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1146/annurev-phyto-102313-050229


A network is a natural structure with which to describe many aspects of a plant pathosystem. The article seeks to set out in a nonmathematical way some of the network concepts that promise to be useful in managing plant disease. The field has been stimulated by developments designed to help understand and manage animal and human disease, as well as by technical infrastructures, such as the internet. It overlaps partly with landscape ecology. The study of networks has helped identify likely ways to reduce flow of disease in traded plants, to find the best sites to monitor as warning sites for annually reinvading disease, and to understand the fundamentals of how a pathogen spreads in different structures. A tension between the free flow of goods or species down communication channels and free flow of pathogens down the same pathways is highlighted.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Crop Science
ID Code:39346
Publisher:Annual Reviews

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