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Researchers Develop Computer Models to Detect Plant Pests and Diseases

October 24, 2012

A team of European researchers has developed a computer model that can track the probability of invasions of pests and diseases in plants. This tool will then prepare both the authorities and scientists for better security measures.

The team developed a set of four simple population models to detect exotic diseases. These models calculate the invasion process of the pests by using a set of data on population growth and spread of progeny, with integration of an existing and frequently tested model to generate maps for climatic suitability for new areas of invasive species. The integration of existing models to the climate suitability maps to form a generic framework for pest distribution gives a new twist to these models. The new computer models can also be  accessed online by visiting the website of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW).

View the original article in Dutch at http://www.wageningenur.nl/nl/show/Kans-op-exotische-gevaren-voor-de-landbouw-beter-voorspelbaar.htm.