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Models for early warning of invading plant pests and diseases - PH0483

There has been a sharp rise in the number of invading plant pests and diseases in recent times, associated with changes in climate and global trade and travel. These pests and diseases threaten enormous environmental and economic damage to agriculture and ecosystems across the UK. High profile examples include Ash Dieback, which was discovered for the first time in Britain in 2012, and more recently the Oriental Chestnut Gall Wasp. Early detection is essential for successful disease management and there is thus a call for improved surveillance strategies for plant pests and diseases.

In this project the student will develop methods to better understand early-stage epidemic spread using skills in epidemiological modelling, and will investigate surveillance strategies for early detection.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2017

To: 2020

Cost: £40,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Salford
Plant Pests and Diseases              
Fields of Study
Plant Health