R.M. Beresford, K.J. Froud, J.M. Kean and S.P. Worner (2015)
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Primary production is increasingly at risk from biosecurity, phytosanitary and pest management threats that require plant protection scientists to utilise new analysis and modelling methods. Researchers must be able to support informed decision making and provide objective advice based on quantitative analyses at a range of levels from regulatory agencies to industry managers and right down to on-farm or on-orchard disease pest management. However, it is increasingly difficult for those scientists to keep up with rapid developments in quantitative biology as well as maintaining their skills and knowledge in systematics, physiology, molecular biology and other areas of plant science. This book gives an up-to-date picture of selected new techniques that go beyond standard statistical and numerical approaches. Four areas are addressed: decision support to assess risk and evaluate uncertainty, data analysis for detection of plant protection threats, multivariate analysis and computational intelligence and data mining in plant protection.