Ever growing population and unprecedented losses due to plant pests pose serious threat to our food security. Managing population is an uphill task but devastating losses can be prevented by providing stringent security to plants through phytomedicines and plant health clinic and thereby assuring food security. Phytomedicines/pesticides not only control plant diseases/pests, but also improve productivity, which is otherwise lost to pests.
The notion regarding ill effect of pesticides is uncalled for. If used judiciously following guidelines Pesticide Action Network and Fungicide Resistance Action Group such problems are not likely occur. Today with the availability of safer and effective fungicides of 4th generation, the disease control has become more effective. Unfortunately many of us lack insight to Materia Medica of plant diseases. Comprehensive diagnostic and advisory support from plant health clinic can go a long way in providing foolproof security from pest invasion. Therefore there is urgent need of creation of more well organized plant clinic worldwide, which can provide unstinted diagnostic and advisory support, educate on plant health care, and issue timely pest alerts, recommend suitable phytomedicines and sensitize users on judicious use of phytomedicines.
For greater details readers may refer to the Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium [Srivastava MP: Role of Phytomedicine and Plant Health Clinic in Plant Health Security. In: Feldman F, Alford DV, Furk C: Crop Plant Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Factors (2009), 222-230; ISBN 978-3941261-05-1; © Deutsche Phytomedzinische Gessellschaft, Braunschweig, Germany]