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EPIDATA! new data for extended epidemic surveillance

The EPIDATA project seeks informing plant health epidemic surveillance models with data from different and varied sources. To study epidemics across multiple geographical scales (farms, departments, regions, countries), it is essential to have access to data with a coverage and resolution comparable to that of the epidemiological phenomenon. The effort required to collect this amount of information is not feasible for a single research project, but the existence of several existing databases is an incomparable asset. In order to build and validate realistic models for the dissemination and development of plant epidemics on a national scale, it is therefore essential to have access to precise information on host distribution, agricultural and phytosanitary practices, farm structure, land use, consumption habits, transport networks and trade flows.