The impact of these losses is felt most in developing countries but the need to address crop losses is not only a humanitarian issue. It makes sound business sense and could go a long way towards combating the continuing rises in food prices. CABI has recently launched a major global initiative, Plantwise, which aims to provide the sort of 'surveillance system' that Dr Michelle Fountain at East Malling suggests. It will feature a single point of access to all plant pest and disease information which will provide a detailed, current and constantly updated picture of pest and disease distribution globally.
Philippa David, senior business development consultant, CABI