A risk realised
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A risk realised
A risk realisedJIC depends heavily on its ability to grow large numbers of a diverse range of plant species
These are grown in both glasshouses and more sophisticated controlled environment chambers
Growing plants under such contained conditions requires careful control of pests and diseases i.e. managing the risk of loss of the plants
A risk realisedSummer of 2006A few plants dying put down to difficulties due to nature of plants or to poor husbandry
Summer of 2007Many plants dying, mostly one species
A risk realisedArabidopsis
A risk realisedCost to JIC?Hundreds of thousands of pounds lost in failed experimentsLost time for staff and PhD studentsCould translate into failure to deliver on research grant objectives
A risk realisedWhat caused this?
What did we need to put in place?
How should we communicate this?
A risk realisedCause?Presence of a new pest (Western Flower Thrip)Reduction in chemical controlSlippage in operational standardsPresence of Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (transmitted by Western Flower Thrip)
A risk realisedControl measuresBiological control (natural predators)Improved procedures (hygiene and husbandry)Improve facilitiesControlled access to facilitiesRegain use of chemical control
Produce an Implementation Plan
A risk realisedHow should we communicate this?Explain to management and the science project leaders how it happenedGain endorsement of the Implementation Plan (getting the balance right between control and enabling the science to work effectively)
Communicate to all staff trainingRevise induction procedures in line with Plan
A risk realisedSummer 2006 (we should have been worried)
Summer 2007 (grave concern)
Summer 2008 (???)