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2021 Centre for Crop Health Seminar Series - Rubber Leaf Drop: in Defence of Pestalotiopsis

Presented by Dr Anthony Young

Date: 23 February 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Venue: P20 zoom room
Contact: For more information, please contact the Centre for Crop Health.
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’Disease’ is a catch-all term that reflects anything that adversely impacts the organism in question. We come to think of diseases as always being associated with a pathogen, and we almost invariably consider the pathogen as the ‘cause’ of the disease. Of course, this contravenes the central tenet of the disease triangle: ignoring the role of the environment limits our understanding of the disease presentation. Furthermore, given a climate that is changing in front of our eyes, there is the strong prospect that the role of the pathogen will likewise change through the prism of the disease triangle. In this presentation, Dr. Young will explore the epidemiology of rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) leaf drop in Sumatra and Malaysia, presenting field work undertaken in 2019 and with reference to real-world examples of the role of climate in what we term ‘disease.’