The Role of Plant Pathology in Food Safety and Food Security

  • R.N. Strange
  • Maria Lodovica Gullino

Part of the Plant Pathology in the 21st Century book series (ICPP, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Role of Plant Pathology in Food Safety and Food Security

  3. Global Food Security

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 42-42
    2. Peter Scott, Richard Strange
      Pages 43-51
    3. Harry C. Evans, James M. Waller
      Pages 53-71
    4. Thomas Hohn, Gabriele Schachermayr
      Pages 73-76
    5. James M. Onsando, Florence Wambugu
      Pages 77-86
  4. Mycotoxins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 88-88
    2. Barbara J. Howlett, Ellen M. Fox, Anton J. Cozijnsen, Angela P. Van de Wouw, Candace E. Elliott
      Pages 89-95
    3. Robert H. Proctor, Anne E. Desjardins, Antonio Moretti
      Pages 97-111
  5. Biosecurity and Quarantine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 114-114
    2. J. P. Stack, F. Suffert, M. L. Gullino
      Pages 115-132
    3. Françoise Petter, Sarah Brunel, Muriel Suffert
      Pages 137-150
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-155

About this book


This book views the vulnerability of our crops in general to devastating diseases as well as specifically the disease problems of two important staples, rice and cassava. Increased travel and increased transport of plant material throughout the world pose ever more significant risks to the health of our plants. These include not only the destruction of our food crops by pathogens which may be imported accidentally or maliciously but also their contamination by fungi that produce powerful toxins (mycotoxins). How we should respond to these challenges is the subject of several papers. Clearly, quarantine is an important measure by which the spread of plant pathogens may be at least delayed, if not curtailed altogether, but breeding plants for resistance is the mainstay for maintaining the comparative health and productivity of our crops. However, adequate resistance may not be available in the gene pool of a given species or genus and therefore the possibility of genetic modification arises, a topic treated in two of the papers.


Fungi Metabolite Transport biotechnology food safety food security toxin

Editors and affiliations

  • R.N. Strange
    • 1
  • Maria Lodovica Gullino
    • 2
  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Centro di Competenza perUniversità di TorinoGrugliascoItaly

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