What is the Asset?
The SMART Decision Support Unit will establish a national surveillance and risk forecasting capability to determine prevailing and impending risks from pathogen and and pests across the UK in real-time using the latest technology in remote detection, predictive modelling and in-field data collection.
Why is there a need?
Currently, uncertainty about the likely progress of epidemics and the effectiveness of treatment leads to over-caution. In order to protect against perceived threats to yield, even in low disease/pest seasons, there is an ever-increasing dependency on pesticides. Rapid feedback on the prevalence and susceptibility of biotic threats during the growing season would reduce uncertainty, thereby guiding treatment decisions, improving economic efficiency and mitigating the risks from pesticide resistance development.
What does it do?
During the set-up phase of this asset, data will be collected from a range of sources to create a robust data platform for use in delivery of a comprehensive pest and disease forecasting capability which can support decision-making in real-time. New technologies will be introduced to create a network for the future which can deliver automated data capture and analysis to deliver an ongoing, sustainable and responsive service to the industry. Samples, collected from the networks, will be used for analysis and research by other assets within CHAP and these networks are available for use in further collaborative research and additional data collection.
National pest and disease surveillance