The Potential of the South American Leaf Blight as a Biological Agent
When asked by the Department of Homeland Security to create potential terrorism scenarios, even â€œOut of the Box Thinkersâ€ initially failed to come up with the following scenario. Oil tankers, refineries, nuclear plants, etc ., are obvious potential terroristsâ€™ targets, and adequate measures are being taken to protect them. However, what if the target were to be a non-food commodity product, such as natural rubber tree plantations located in places as remote as southeast Asian countries like Thailand or Indonesia? Would it be of concern? At first thought â€œmaybe notâ€ , but think again. What could the release of a deadly microorganism (fungus/virus/bacteria) in a rubber tree plantation in Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand possibly mean to you or the world economy?
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