This project will determine risks posed to eu wheat by tilletia indica, the cause of karnal bunt. T. Indica does not occur in europe but is intercepted on wheat imports. It threatens wheat quality, yield and exports. Legislation to protect eu wheat was enforced by the ec in 1997 based on a theoretical pest risk analysis (pra). International debate has questioned the justification for legislation, implying such policies are trade-restrictive. Research will be undertaken to develop a more accurate pra for t. Indica. Modelling & geographical information systems will determine areas at risk; a socio-economic model will determine the risks this & related pathogens pose. A pra based on scientific experimentation will be produced which can be used internationally by policy makers to reevaluate legislation for t. Indica. A risk management plan will be developed for europe. The international pra process will be developed for plant pathogens.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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