Current Responsive Mode Spotlight area is plant health (24RM1, 24RM2,24RM3)
Plant health underpins the sustainable production of food, as well as maintaining the natural environment around us. The Food and Agriculture Organisation has estimated that globally, up to 40% of crops are lost to pests and diseases. Many crop protection chemicals are being withdrawn due to their impact on non-target organisms. Use of fungicides and antibacterial agents can lead to the target pathogen developing resistance to them, which can add to existing problems of antimicrobial resistance in human pathogens. In addition, climate change is leading to different biotic and abiotic stresses on crops, and different crops may need to be grown, bringing new pests and pathogens.
This spotlight on plant health covers infection by fungal, oomycete, bacterial and viral pathogens, as well as damage caused by invertebrate pests. The aim of the spotlight is to encourage research proposals in the following specific areas. We welcome proposals in other plant health areas, but they will not considered to be within the scope of the spotlight.
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