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Sustainability 2012, 4(11), 3151-3157; doi:10.3390/su4113151
Opinion

The Potential of the South American Leaf Blight as a Biological Agent

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Florida A&M University—College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, 204 Perry Paige, Tallahassee, FL 32307, USA
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Received: 17 October 2012 / Revised: 11 November 2012 / Accepted: 13 November 2012 / Published: 15 November 2012
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Abstract

When asked by the Department of Homeland Security to create potential terrorism scenarios, even “Out of the Box Thinkers” initially failed to come up with the following scenario. Oil tankers, refineries, nuclear plants, etc., are obvious potential terrorists’ targets, and adequate measures are being taken to protect them. However, what if the target were to be a non-food commodity product, such as natural rubber tree plantations located in places as remote as southeast Asian countries like Thailand or Indonesia? Would it be of concern? At first thought “maybe not”, but think again. What could the release of a deadly microorganism (fungus/virus/bacteria) in a rubber tree plantation in Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand possibly mean to you or the world economy?
Keywords: rubber; Hevea brasiliensis; South American Leaf Blight; national security rubber; Hevea brasiliensis; South American Leaf Blight; national security
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Onokpise, O.; Louime, C. The Potential of the South American Leaf Blight as a Biological Agent. Sustainability 2012, 4, 3151-3157.

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