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Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 831;

Plant Pathology and Information Technology: Opportunity for Management of Disease Outbreak and Applications in Regulation Frameworks

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies, University of Salento, Piazza Tancredi, n7, Lecce (LE) 73100, Italy
Department of Physics and Engineering, California State University, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311, USA
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Academic Editor: Federica De Leo
Received: 27 July 2016 / Revised: 13 August 2016 / Accepted: 18 August 2016 / Published: 22 August 2016
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In many European rural areas, agriculture is not only an economic activity, but it is strictly linked to environmental and social characteristics of the area. Thus, sometimes, a pathogen can become a social threat, as in the case of Xylella fastidiosa and olive trees (Olea europaea L.) in Salento. Fast and systemic response to threats represents the key to success in stopping pest invasions, and proves a great help in managing lots of data in a short time or coordinating large-scale monitoring coming from applying Information Technology tools. Regarding the field of applications, the advantages provided by new technologies are countless. However, is it the same in agriculture? Electronic identification tools can be applied for plant health management and certification. Treatments, agrochemical management or impact assessment may also be supported by dematerialization of data. Information Technology solution for urban forestry management or traceability of commodities belonging to “Food from Somewhere” regimes were analyzed and compared to protection from pests of a unique tree heritage such as olive trees in Salento. View Full-Text
Keywords: RFID; plant pathogen; health monitoring RFID; plant pathogen; health monitoring
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Luvisi, A.; Ampatzidis, Y.G.; De Bellis, L. Plant Pathology and Information Technology: Opportunity for Management of Disease Outbreak and Applications in Regulation Frameworks. Sustainability 2016, 8, 831.

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