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A bio-economic 'war game' model to simulate plant disease incursions and test response strategies at the landscape scale

Citation
Cook D, Aurambout J, Villalta O, Liu S, Edwards J & Maharaj S (2016) A bio-economic 'war game' model to simulate plant disease incursions and test response strategies at the landscape scale, Food Security, 8 (1), pp. 37-48.

Abstract
Loss of area freedom from invasive alien species can have serious food security implications and place huge responsibility on incursion response managers. They make critical decisions despite profound uncertainty surrounding invasion ecology, surveillance and control technology effectiveness and human behaviour. We propose a spatially-explicit model that can aid response managers in devising and testing management strategies in a virtual world where the costs of failure are negligible. We apply the model in a group-based decision setting in which participants practise responding to fictional disease incursions in a pome fruit production area in Australia. Using the model, the response management group was able to develop mutually satisfactory rules of thumb for the use of quarantine and destruction zones and for when to withdraw resources from eradication efforts.

Keywords
Biosecurity; Agent-based modelling; Pest and disease management; Invasive alien species; Landscape pathology; Plant health; NetLogo

StatusPublished
AuthorsCook David, Aurambout Jean-Philippe, Villalta Oscar, Liu Shuang, Edwards Jacqueline, Maharaj Savi
Publication date02/2016
Publication date online24/12/2015
Date accepted by journal12/11/2015
PublisherSpringer
ISSN 1876-4517
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Food Security: Volume 8, Issue 1

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