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Current and Potential Trade in Horticultural Products Irradiated for Phytosanitary Purposes

Current and Potential Trade in Horticultural Products Irradiated for Phytosanitary Purposes | Plant Pests - Global Travellers | Scoop.it

Life Sciences Social Network highlights the research, which examined the trade in horticultural products irradiated for phytosanitary purposes and market growth potential for the irradiated horticultural products per commodities and regions, since regulatory conditions become more favorable.

 

The paper "Current and Potential Trade in Horticultural Products Irradiated for Phytosanitary Purposes" describes strategies for enhancing trade in irradiated fresh fruits such as mango, papaya, citrus, grapes, and vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, asparagus, garlic, and peppers from Asia and the Americas, which show the greatest potential for the application of this phytosanitary treatment method. 

 

The reason for phytosanitary treatments are frequently intercepted fruits and vegetable in international trade due to the fact that these commodities harbour very harmful pests and diseases, which can spread in the country of destination and be harmful for plants and nature there. Interception is usually done at border inspection post of country of import and in case of suspicion goods are kept in quarantine pending laboratory confirmation of regulated harmful organisms. Goods are released, if the lab results are negative, or after effective phytosanitary treatment. Since pests and diseases, which are invasive in Europe, often come with plant goods of Asian or American origin, pre-shipment phytosanitary treatment is good solution for logistics in international trade. The international standard ISPM 28 presents in its Annexes phytosanitary treatments evaluated and adopted by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures.

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Plant Pests and Diseases Topic

Plant Pests and Diseases Topic | Plant Pests - Global Travellers | Scoop.it

Plants are living organisms and, like any living organism, are susceptible to disease. From fungal diseases to viral and bacterial infections, there are many different diseases that plants can fall victims to. The interactions between plants and disease organisms are complex. Understanding basic concepts and principles of how diseases develop, could be half a way to their management.

 

Many insects, like caterpillars and leaf beetles, mites and nematodes feed on plants. We call these animals phytophagous. If their population growth is too high or they are very specialized to certain plant species, they become pests and cause significant damage in agriculture, horticulture, forests and other ecosystems. In some instances plants themselves can become or be considered pests, if they are invasive and harmful to other plant species and different organisms.

 

The scope of this topic is to bring news on the occurrence, risk and status of new or regulated organisms, harmful to plants, after being introduced into new areas of the globe, or on the risk of their introduction.

 

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Improving market access | IPPC 60 Years

Improving market access | IPPC 60 Years | Plant Pests - Global Travellers | Scoop.it

A few hundred years ago, plant pests and diseases generally moved from place to place naturally. As technology improved, and the transport of merchandise became easier, plant pests also found easy ways to move around ...


International Plant Protection Convention is the global framework for standard setting, which is celebrating 60 years of organized work on prevention of plant resources from pest infections and infestations. Due to the global financial crisis many countries might focus less on protection of their biodiversity to the detriment  of helthier policies accepted and practiced until now. As a result, issues like the increased risks associated with internet based trade in plants and plant products are being neglected, raising the threat of new and severe pest incursions globally. 

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