Plant Clinic Towards Plant Health and Food Security

Mahendra P. Srivastava


Ever-growing population, climatic changes and unprecedented losses due to pests and diseases pose serious threat to food security. Precisely food security implies availability of adequate food to everyone in all times to come. Food and Agriculture Organization of united Nations (FAO) defines “food security” as a state of affairs where all people at all times have access to safe and nutritious food to maintain healthy and active life. Food is one of the three basic needs of man, without which his survival is at stake. Plants constitute the basic source of food and as such, plant health management is crucial to food security, which is jeopardized due to unprecedented threat by large number of insect-pests, diseases, weeds and several edaphic and environmental stresses. Srivastava (2008, 2009) has very well highlighted the importance of plant heath security through phytomedicines/pesticides and plant health clinic in order to prevent 40 per cent losses occurring from field to fork globally. Due to unabated rise in population, reduction in arable land will be an ongoing process, hence we may have to strive hard to grow more food from limited land employing innovative strategies and more importantly adopting multipronged initiative and timely diagnostic and management strategies from plant health clinic to combat attack from pests and environmental stress, manage plant health mitigate losses.


Plant health clinic; climate change; food security


Ausher, R., S.I. Ben-zev and R. Black. 1996 The role of plant clinics in plant disease diagnosis and education in developing countries. Annu. Rev. Phytopathol. 34:51-66.

Boa, E. 2010. Plant healthcare for poor farmers around the world: Gathering demand and innovative responses. In N.V. Hardwick and M.L. Gullino (eds), Knowledge and Technology Transfer for Plant Pathology, Plant Pathology in the 21st Century, pp1-16, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Botany>>University of Mysore: Plant Health Clinic. Retrieved on 01/01/2013 from

Carson, R. 1962. ‘Silent Spring’. Houghton Miffin, USA.

Choube, A.K. 2009. ICT initiative in agriculture by Government of India. Presented in FAI Workshop on 10- 08-2009 at Ooty, Tamilnadu.

Graham, F. 1970 ‘Since Silent Spring’ Houghton Miffin, USA.

Van-Embden, H.F. and D.B. Peakall. 1996. ‘Beyond Silent Spring’, Chapman & Hall: London.

ICPP. 2008. Evening Session on Plant Health Clinic. Retrived on 01/01/2013 from events/59-evening-session-planthealth-cli.

Kumarasamy, S. 2008. Spurious pesticides, a growing menace, ruining farmers’ economy. Pestology. 32(6):15.

Maraite, H., C. Bragard and A. Legreve. 2010. Plant clinics and phytopathology training. In N.V. Hardwick and M.L. Gullino (eds), Knowledge and Technology Transfer for Plant Pathology, Plant Pathology in the 21st Century, pp 75-87, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Mehta, N. 2008. Development of plant health clinic in India – status, strategies and challenges. J. Plant Pathol. 90(S2):51.3 (Abstr.).

Miller, S.A., F.D. Beed and C.L. Harmon. 2009. Plant disease diagnostic capabilities and network. Annu. Rev. Phytopathol. 47: 15-38.

Oerke, E.C., H.W. Dehne, F. Schonbeck and A. Webber. 1994. Crop Protection and Crop Production, Elsevier: Amsterdam.

Plantwise. 2011. 1000 new plant doctors trained in Karnataka.

Srivastava, M.P. 1998. Information technology flow: an Asian perspective. 7th International Congress of Plant Pathology (Abstr.4.3.9) Edinburgh, 0-16 August, 1998.

Srivastava, M.P. 1999a. Plant clinic – a technological marvel in plant disease control. Pestology. 23(7):70-71.

Srivastava, M.P. 1999b. Pesticides: the necessary evil in plant protection. In: Research progress in plant protection and plant nutrition, eds H Fuzeng& L Kexin, pp 239-243, China Agriculture Press, Beijing, China.

Srivastava, M.P. 2003. Transfer of plant pathology knowledge for rural prosperity – an Asian perspective. Presented as a Keynote Address at the 8th International Congress of plant pathology, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-7 February, 2003. Australasian Plant Pathol. 32:187-194.

Srivastava, M.P. 2005a. Plant clinic in diagnosis and control of plant diseases – an Asian perspective. 2nd Asian Conference of Plant Pathology (Abstr. p. 3), Singapore, 25-28, June, 2005.

Srivastava, M.P. 2005b. Redefining the role and modalities of plant clinic. National Symposium on Plant Disease Diagnosis, Epidemiology and Management (Abstr. p.2). CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, Hisar, 21-22 December, 2005.

Srivastava, M.P. 2008a. Plant health clinic – a global perspective. 8th International Congress of Plant Pathology, Torino, Italy, 27 August 2008, J. Plant Pathol. 90 S2:25.15 (Abstr.).

Srivastava, M.P. 2008b. Plant health clinic: challenges and opportunity – a global vision. An Opening Address in Evening Session 17: Plant Health Clinic, organized by Dr. M. P. Srivastava at 9th International Congress of Plant Pathology, Torino, Italy, 27 August 2008.

Srivastava, M.P. 2009. Role of phytomedicine and plant health clinic in plant health security. Presented in the 3rd International Symposium on Plant Protection and Plant Health in Europe, Berlin, Germany, 14-16 May 2009, In: Feldman F, Alfred D V, Furk C: Crop Plant Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Factors , 222-230.

Stern, V.M., R.F. Smith, R. van-den-Bosch, and K. Hagen. 1959. The integrated control concept. Hilgardia. 29: 81-101.

Full Text: PDF

DOI: 10.33687/phytopath.002.03.0327


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2013 Mahendra P. Srivastava

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.