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FARMING AND FEEDING THE HUNGRY

Jaap Goudsmit

in Viral Fitness

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195130348
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130348.003.0003
 FARMING AND FEEDING THE HUNGRY

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This chapter discusses plant viruses and human enteroviruses. Population growth has an enormous impacton the global food supply. Two groups of viruses complicate the food chain. First, there are plant viruses and viroids that can destroy harvests and cause famine. Second, there are human enteroviruses that are linked with malnutrition or contaminated food. The potato blight in Ireland, difference between viroids and viruses, and threats posed by enteroviruses are discussed.

Keywords: plant viruses; food supply; agriculture; potato blight; famine; viroids

Chapter.  6212 words. 

Subjects: Microbiology

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