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From the article:

[artificial life forms]?, [predatory robots]?

I'm not sure this is encyclopedia material.

I don't see why not. There really can be artificial life forms and there really and truly are predatory robots. No fake. SG —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:22, 15 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Carnivorous robots== Defining biosecurity ==

I came to this article looking for information on biosecurity as the term is commonly used in disease management; i.e., biosecurity as a series of actions that are taken to prevent the spread of disease. For example, the steps that are taken on livestock or poultry farms to keep diseases off the farm, such as sanitation, traffic control, etc. This article's discussion about avian influenza has nothing to do with biosecurity in the sense that global animal health organization like FAO use the term. The whole article seems to have more to do with biosafety than biosecurity. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Zyzzyz (talkcontribs) 19:40, 13 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

--- As currently written, this entry is entirely about "laboratory biosecurity" and thus only encompassing a small subset of the broad definition of biosecurity, which is the policies and measures taken to protect people, animals, plants, and ecosystems from biological harm. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:36, 14 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


There seems agreement that this article needs greater emphasis on aspects of transport of potentially feral, environmentally or economically threatening organisms around the globe rather than an "organisms that can be used by terrorists" approach that seems to prevail at the moment i.e. the definition of biosecurity needs broadening out. Granitethighs (talk) 22:57, 17 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The topic of Insect farming has been added for.....[edit]

Open discussion....

based on the following information -- (talk) 23:39, 25 May 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please do not auto-direct the topic of animal farming to[edit]

Animal husbandry. The two are different concepts-- (talk) 23:44, 25 May 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The topic of human biosecurity is based on the following....[edit]

-- (talk) 04:30, 7 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The relationship between the topic and ecology...[edit]

-- (talk) 06:08, 7 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Plant biosecurity?[edit]

e.g. Dutch elm disease (in Europe/UK/USA), ash die back (in Europe/UK), Emerald ash borer (in USA),

Also other problems relating to failures of animal related biosecurity: Chinese Mitten crab (in UK), American signal cray (in UK), parisitic fish worms. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:52, 21 April 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reply: Yes, plant bioterrorism is a thing. ( ) and it needs concern 2409:4060:2017:F88E:A5E0:8244:A65:A7F2 (talk) 12:32, 30 April 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Plant pathogens potentially come into the scope of biosecurity.[edit]

Kindly include and elaborate about Plant pathogens. Plant pathogens are necessarily biohazards. They include a versatile kind of slime-moulds, fungi, bacteria, viruses, viroids. They are hazardous because

  • Plant pathogens can spread and destroy food crop plants and agricultural fields. (See also: Famine )
  • or can destroy or even wipe-out vegetation and biodiversity (See also : Forest_dieback)
  • or can deteriorate stored food grains/cereals, vegetables, etc. that makes the food inedible or toxic and/or distasteful. That can cause financial loss as well as hunger. (See also: Food spoilage , Post-harvest_losses_(vegetables))
  • Some plant pathogens and even plant beneficial microbes (some benificial endophytes that promote the plant to grow, without no appearent visible lesion) infect the live plant can make the plant toxic to human and cattle, such as some ergots.
  • Some plant pathogens can cross infect human or cattle, and can be deadly. such as Aspergillus spores.
  • Some plant pathogen spores can survive for prolonged period, so after a prolonged period of unfavourable condition to the micobe when the optimal environmental coditions match the plant pathogens can multiply exponentially and can cause plant disease or famine.
  • Some bacteria such as some rhizobacteria are able to transfer DNA into plants, which get integrated into host plant's DNA.

So I request to elaborate on plant pathogens as bbiohazards and potential contaminants; and to elaborate their safe handling methods and regulations.

2409:4060:2017:F88E:A5E0:8244:A65:A7F2 (talk) 12:24, 30 April 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I agree that this article would greatly benefit from the addition of a section on plant pathogens, as well as other agricultural bio-threats. The article "Agricultural policy" currently has a section on biosecurity that goes into detail on a handful of biosecurity issues in regards to agriculture and the policies around them. This could be a good jumping off point for a section on plant/agricultural pathogens for this article.
Skezmoh (talk) 06:15, 26 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggest split[edit]

This article as it stands is way too US-centric. Rather than create separate sections for the US within this article, I suggest creating a new one called Biosecurity in the United States (currently a redirect), as per Australia and NZ, and work on broadening and deepening the actual topic of biosecurity in this one. Laterthanyouthink (talk) 07:54, 27 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Support agree with your rationale, actually this will probably enhance both articles by allowing each to be more focused. --Tom (LT) (talk) 07:20, 7 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks, Tom (LT). I'll add it to my task list and aim to make an initial split in the nearish future, barring any objections posted here before then. Laterthanyouthink (talk) 10:36, 17 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Okay, I have now created a first-pass version of both articles, which could both do with a lot more work, but I needed to cut and publish at some point. It's a complex topic and difficult to cover in a Wikipedia article, but it would be nice to see it improved. Laterthanyouthink (talk) 04:10, 22 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

trimmed External link - historical list of biosecurity meetings[edit] (talk) 15:53, 18 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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