Food and Environment Research Agency to host global conference on plant health risks

FERA is to host the International Conference on Global Plant Health Risks and Consequences at its York headquarters on 27th and 28th October.

The main objective of the conference is to improve understanding of how interdisciplinary approaches can contribute by analysing the transition from risk assessment to comprehensive management of plant health disease risks.

It also aims to identify the areas in which this contribution could be improved.

The conference will begin by reviewing the economic impacts of key plant pests and diseases on different stakeholders and move on to investigate the drivers for future plant health policy making.

The third area the conference will explore will be the role of interdisciplinary science and how this can be used to develop novel and innovative approaches to enhance international plant health biosecurity.

Said FERA: "With an increasingly connected world, the biosecurity threats from plant diseases and pests pose a growing threat to global trade and food security.

"The focus of the conference is on plant health policy, economics and interdisciplinary science, with an aim to understand the drivers for future policy-making and identify the potential for novel approaches based on innovation and public-private partnership."

Speakers include FERA plant science head Dr Rick Mumford, Defra chief plant health officer Professor Nicola Spence and more than a dozen speakers from Australia, USA and other countries.

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