Performing a plant biosecurity emergency: The generation of disease absence and presence in Northern Australia banana plantations

Carol Farbotko, Kirsten Maclean, Catherine Robinson

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the generation of presences and absences of objects in plant biosecurity practices. We use praxiography to trace how multiple versions of disease were generated on a quarantined banana plantation during an emergency response to a suspected outbreak of feared Panama disease. Attending to the practices, techniques and materials that established different versions of disease presence and absence, we ask if the momentarily certain absence of disease on a particular farm necessarily indicated a favourable biosecurity outcome, thus informing enhanced policy strategies for plant health. There were, in fact, multiple objects. Not only diseases, but multiple presences of health, stress, disease and disorder were involved in confirming the absence of Panama.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)771-788
    Number of pages18
    JournalEnvironment and Planning A
    Volume48
    Issue number4
    Early online date24 Dec 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

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