Development of a pathogen safety data sheet (PSDS) for some plant pathogenic fungi in Korea
Hyong Woo Choi 1, Chang Won Choi 2, Jun myoung Yu 3, HyeongJin Noh4, Seong Hwan Kim4*
1Department of Plant Medicals, Andong National University, Andong, South Korea., 2Department of Biology, Graduate School, Pai Chai University, Daejeon 35345, Korea, 3Department of Applied Biology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea, 4Department of Microbiology and Institute of Biodiversity, Dankook University, Cheonan, 31116, Korea.
Pathogenic microorganisms are factors that can infect a host, cause a disease, and cause economic and social damage. In order to conduct research or education with these pathogens, it should be conducted in a space with appropriate safety facilities. As such, to handle pathogenic microorganisms in a facility, appropriate safety management information (Pathogen Safety Data Sheet) for the target pathogen is required in advance. However, compared to human pathogens, there is no nationally accessible safety information system for plant disease causative agents. Therefore, there is an urgent need to construct information data about this. Accordingly, in this study, to prepare the basis of the PSDS system, we have prepared a safety management information sheet for plant disease causative agents that are harmful to the environment and can cause great damage to the agriculture and forestry industry. To this purpose, a list of plant fungal pathogens including RG1 to RG3 in risk group was reviewed, environmental hazards and constituent items were prepared for the PSDS, and the requirements for each item were set. Configuration items included sections such as pathogens, hazard identification, dissemination, stability, surveillance and control, laboratory/greenhouse safety, exposure and protection, handling and storage, and regulation and other information. Based on this, for the first time in Korea, a PSDS draft was prepared for 34 species of phytopathogenic fungi. It is expected that a reasonable PSDS can be prepared through expert review and feedback of the related organization and academic societies in due course.