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Development of plant epidemiological surveillance networks, data exchanges and joint response strategies in the Caribbean: the french experience

Teycheney P.Y., Abadie C., Iotti J.. 2009. In : CFCS. 45th Annual Meeting of the Carribbean Food Crop Society (CFCS), 12-17 July 2009, Basseterre, St Kitts et Nevis. s.l. : s.n., 8 p.. Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society. 45, 2009-07-12/2009-07-17, Basseterre (Saint-Kitts-et-Nevis).

Plant pests and pathogens have the potential to emerge and spread rapidly, cause severe losses and threaten food security worldwide. Such a threat is increased by the rise of commercial exchanges of germplasm and fresh produce and by global warming. This threat is particularly high under island or archipelago habitat conditions. Hence the need to anticipate sanitary crises by developing appropriate surveillance and response systems for the control of pests and pathogens, especially those affecting crops important to food security and economical balance. Such systems are being developed in the Caribbean, in particular in the French West Indies through the PANDOeR project. An overview of this project is provided. Components of pests and pathogens control strategies, such as surveillance networks, data exchanges and joint response strategies, are discussed.

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