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Pathogen incursions - integrating technical expertise in a socio-political context

Evans, KJ, Scott, JB ORCID: 0000-0001-9443-4384 and Barry, KM ORCID: 0000-0003-2297-7931 2020 , 'Pathogen incursions - integrating technical expertise in a socio-political context' , Plant Disease, vol. 104 , pp. 3097-3109 , doi:

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The incursion of a plant pathogen into a new geographic area initiates a series of decisions about appropriate control or eradication efforts. Incomplete, erroneous, and/or selective information may be used by diverse stakeholders to support individual goals and positions on how an incursion should be managed. We discuss the complex social, political, and technical factors that shape a biosecurity response prior to reviewing information needs and common stakeholder misunderstandings. Selected examples focus on the rust fungi (order Pucciniales). We then explore how plant pathologists, as technical experts, can interact with biosecurity stakeholders to build empathy and understanding that in turn allows a shift from being a distant subject matter expert to an active participant helping to structure problems and shape knowledge flows for better outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Evans, KJ and Scott, JB and Barry, KM
Keywords: biosecurity, extension, incursion, learning, politics, risk, rust, social, stakeholder, uncertainty
Journal or Publication Title: Plant Disease
Publisher: Amer Phytopathological Soc
ISSN: 0191-2917
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