Why Monitor, Treat and Control Plant diseases
Worldwide, crop diseases are a major problem for producers with significant losses incurred. It has been estimated that an average of 20 – 30% of crop yield is lost annually from the field, even in crops where pesticides and cultivars with improved genetic resistance to pests and diseases are used. These losses can be greatly reduced by disease management practices steered by accurate and early diagnoses of pathogen presence. Unfortunately, methods commonly adopted for the isolation and diagnosis of many pathogens are slow and often deployed after disease symptoms are observed. For effective control and prevention of polycyclic disease epidemics early diagnosis of disease is essential to prevent spread.
There are strong links between health outcomes and food insecurity. It has been forecast an increase in crop yield production of over 70% is required by 1950 to attain global food security.
Despite a clear increase in pesticide use, crop losses are reported not to have significantly decreased during the last 40 years.
Increasing global pressure to reduce pesticide usage
Consumers and legislative bodies demand a step change
Requires producers to seek practices which reduce the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment.