SIGNIFICANT WAYS TO SPREAD PLANT VIRUS DISEASES IN AGRICULTURAL ECOSYSTEMS: IS AGROTERRORISM POSSIBLE?
The use of biological weapons is nothing new and has been practiced since centuries to reachwar aims and terrorize enemies (Rogers et al., 1999). In most cases the targets were either wariors or their animals which they needed for transport or fight. In these cases either pathogens of humans or animals were set free deliberately or otherwise biotoxinswere delivered in formof poisoned food or drinkwater (see also Osborne, this volume). Rarely plant pathogens were used and if, predominantly with the aim to cause shortage of food supply resulting in famine.
KeywordsPlant Pathogen Plant Virus Phytophthora Infestans Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Broad Host Range
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