Considering behaviour to ensure the success of a disease control strategy

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McQuaid, C. F., Gilligan, C. A. and Van Den Bosch, F. 2017. Considering behaviour to ensure the success of a disease control strategy. Royal Society Open Science. 4 (12).

AuthorsMcQuaid, C. F., Gilligan, C. A. and Van Den Bosch, F.

The success or failure of a disease control strategy can be
significantly affected by the behaviour of individual agents
involved, influencing the effectiveness of disease control,
its cost and sustainability. This behaviour has rarely been
considered in agricultural systems, where there is significant opportunity for impact. Efforts to increase the adoption of control while decreasing oscillations in adoption and yield, particularly through the administration of subsidies, could increase the effectiveness of interventions. We study individual behaviour for the deployment of clean seed systems to control cassava brown streak disease in East Africa, noting that high disease pressure is important to stimulate grower demand of the control strategy. We show that it is not necessary to invest heavily in formal promotional or educational campaigns, as word-of-mouth is often sufficient to endorse the system. At the same time, for improved planting material to have an impact on increasing yields, it needs to be of a sufficient standard to
restrict epidemic spread significantly. Finally, even a simple subsidy of clean planting material may be effective in disease control, as well as reducing oscillations in adoption, as long as it reaches a range of different users every season

KeywordsBehavioural model; Clean seed system; Cassava brown streak
Year of Publication2017
JournalRoyal Society Open Science
Journal citation4 (12)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Open accessPublished as green open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online06 Dec 2017
Publication process dates
Accepted01 Nov 2017
PublisherRoyal Society Publishing
Royal Society Publishing
Copyright licenseCC BY

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