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The Potential of the South American Leaf Blight as a Biological Agent

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  • Oghenekome Onokpise

    () (Florida A&M University—College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, 204 Perry Paige, Tallahassee, FL 32307, USA)

  • Clifford Louime

    () (Florida A&M University—College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, 204 Perry Paige, Tallahassee, FL 32307, USA)

Abstract

When asked by the Department of Homeland Security to create potential terrorism scenarios, even “Out of the Box Thinkers” initially failed to come up with the following scenario. Oil tankers, refineries, nuclear plants, etc ., are obvious potential terrorists’ 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 “maybe not”, 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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  • Oghenekome Onokpise & Clifford Louime, 2012. "The Potential of the South American Leaf Blight as a Biological Agent," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(11), pages 1-7, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:4:y:2012:i:11:p:3151-3157:d:21504
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    Keywords

    rubber; Hevea brasiliensis ; South American Leaf Blight; national security;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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