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CTA. 1988. Plant clinics. Spore 18. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Identification of the causes of ill health is the first step in crop protection. Plant protection services must also be able to anticipate pest and disease attacks and quickly identify the problem, so that the most effective treatment can be...
Identification of the causes of ill health is the first step in crop protection. Plant protection services must also be able to anticipate pest and disease attacks and quickly identify the problem, so that the most effective treatment can be applied. 'Plant Clinics' is a summary report of an expert consultation organized by the German Foundation for International Development (DES), in collaboration with CTA, the International Society of Plant Protection (ISPP) and the FAO. The meeting discussed the concept of 'establishing and operating plant clinics integrated with extension services in developing countries'. This booklet, however, is not merely a conference report. It is a practical guide on how to set up a plant clinic, its relation with extension and other crop protection services, and how to organize plant clinics into a country-wide network for more effective plant protection. It includes information on the size and scope of plant clinics in different circumstances the facilities required, procedures for processing inquiries, data collection and evaluation as well as specimen collection, processing, storage and despatch. The role of plant clinics within the overall framework of plant protection is discussed in detail. Plant clinics can play a very important role by acting as a link between research and extension services. Interaction between clinic staff and crop advisers, and between clinic staff and research workers, must be strong and effective. There must be a two-way flow of information. Examples of country-wide networks of clinics show that they make it possible to trace the spread of pests and diseases over the whole country and lead to considerable savings in monitoring expenses. In addition, when organized on a country-wide scale, the clinics could form nuclei for more effective plant protection services. They could develop into regional crop protection centres which would serve several purposes, from identification of pests and pathogens, data collection and storage to monitoring disease and pest occurrence and training extension personnel. The appendices to this booklet (which is available from CTA) include detailed instructions on specimen identification and despatch, a questionnaire for submitting specimens and a list of equipment required to run a plant clinic.