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Scoping study on methods for sanitisation of bio-waste for control of pathogens and pests of plant health importance - PH0303

Description
A scoping study is proposed to identify the range of practical treatment options for elimination of plant pathogens and pests from bio-waste and to identify waste streams where there is a risk of spreading quarantine organisms. A multi-disciplinary working group composed of stakeholders from research, policy and industry sectors will then meet to assess the suitability of treatment options for high-risk biological waste, including crop residues contaminated with quarantine pests and pathogens. Gaps in current knowledge will be identified and future research needs will be recommended.

Objective
A scoping study will identify the range of available treatment options and procedures for elimination plant pathogens and pests from bio-wastes, and will assess their suitability for application in relevant waste streams against quarantine organisms. Specific objectives are:
1. To produce a portfolio of information on currently-used bio-waste treatments including various composting, digestion and direct heating methods.
2. To summarise current literature on the behaviour of plant pathogens and pests during bio-waste treatments and identify bio-waste streams at risk of spreading plant quarantine organisms.
3. To assemble a working group of relevant stakeholders representing science, policy and industry sectors to assess the range of potential methods for risk-free treatment of bio-wastes.
4. To identify future research needs where knowledge gaps are found to limit the accuracy of risk assessments.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Plant Health - Scoping study on methods for sanitisation of bio-waste for control of pathogens and pests of plant health importance   (302k)
• Final Report - Annex : Plant Health - Scoping study on methods for sanitisation of bio-waste for control of pathogens and pests of plant health importance (Appendix to final Report)   (71k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2004

Cost: £15,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Keywords
Alien Species              
Composting              
Plant health              
Plant Pests and Diseases              
Plants and Animals              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Plant Health