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Saving plants with maths: modelling the biological control of crop disease

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With commonly-used techniques for controlling crop diseases, such as fungicides and crop rotation, subject to ecological, economic and environmental disadvantages, experimentalists have become increasingly interested in biological control, where a natural enemy of a pathogen is deployed to reduce disease. We demonstrate how the probability of an epidemic occurring depends sensitively on the exact definition used, and then extend the analysis to include an agent of biological control. The results have clear significance in terms of optimising the deployment of biological control and explaining the variability that has all too often beset performance in the field.

This talk is part of the Caius MCR/SCR research talks series.

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