B3 Director David Teulon is among several New Zealand researchers, including Veronica Herrera and Aurelie Castinel from MPI, to contribute to an article about science diplomacy for plant health, published last week in Nature Plants.
In announcing the release, fellow author and Euphresco Co-ordinator based at the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) Baldissera Giovani, says as many plant health challenges are increasingly recognized as global threats, science in diplomacy is essential to support international activities and guide national decision-making processes.
“As the complexity of plant health challenges requires knowledge and specialized expertise that cannot be found in a single country alone, diplomacy for science triggers international multi-disciplinary collaborations to tackle these challenges. The development of a global phytosanitary research coordination network allows to build stronger links between plant health science and policy in order to shape research activities and scientific collaborations to better serve the needs of countries,” Dr Giovani says.
More information about this paper can be found on the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) website here.