Pine Wilt Disease: A Worldwide Threat to Forest Ecosystems

Pine Wilt Disease: A Worldwide Threat to Forest Ecosystems

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Pine wilt disease (PWD) is unquestionably a major threat to forest ecosystems worldwide. After seriously affecting Eastern Asian countries, the challenge is now in Europe, following its detection in Portugal in 1999 and its subsequent spread. For foresters, these were really very bad news and, in order for adequate action to be taken, scientists had to teach politicians about the seriousness of the problem. That is never an easy task, but it was successfully done at that time, mainly by the continued effort of Professor Manuel Mota. The challenge of having political decisions based on good science is fundamental for the success of any program, but especially in dif?cult situations such as those arising by the introduction of harmful organisms in new ecosystems. The success of the dialogue between science and policy requires intelligent partners from each side, which is not always necessarily the case... Examples of lack of recognition of problems raised by science are unfortunately abundant throughout the history of science. The recent recognition of the efforts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore with the - bel Prize, and the continued failure in taking appropriate actions by major political players is a dramatic modern example of the dif?culty of this dialogue...Unfortunately, the nematode was detected in Portugal in 1999 (Mota et al., 1999). The nematode is primarily vectored by a cerambycid beetle Monochamus alter- natus (Mamiya and Enda, 1972; Morimoto and Iwasaki, 1972) in Japan. To prevent PWN transmission by insect vectors, the government and local public authorities have conducted aerial sprayings with insecticide, since ... A critical problem on the evaluation is that the damage from pine wilt disease changes along the years.

Title:Pine Wilt Disease: A Worldwide Threat to Forest Ecosystems
Author:Manuel M. Mota, Paulo R. Vieira
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2008-08-28


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