Plant pathogen forensics
Fletcher, Jacqueline Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma; National Institute for Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- Vulnerability of the U.S. food supply
- Is forensic plant pathology something new?
- Elements of a plant pathogen forensic investigation
- Technologies needed for plant pathogen forensics
- Intentional pathogen introduction
- Field site as crime scene
- Forensic activities at the scene of a suspected crop-related crime
- Looking to the future
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Forensic science is defined as “the identification, collection, preservation, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence that is relevant to a criminal act or process of interest.” When a criminal act involves the use of a microbial agent, such as a pathogenic virus, bacterium, or fungus, a microbial forensic investigation will focus on tracing the source of that agent and collecting evidence for use in the attribution of the event and the prosecution of those responsible.
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