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Pathway Evaluation and pest Risk Management In Transport

Project Leader
Stauffer Christian, Project Leader
Duration:
01.10.2010-01.10.2014
Programme:
COST
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Forestry Commission Welsh Assembly Government, Ceredigion, SY23 3UR Aberystwyth, United Kingdom.
Contact person: Hugh Evans;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Université Libre de Bruxelles, 50 av FD Roosevelt , 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium.
Contact person: Jean-Claude Gregoire;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner

Further information: http://w3.cost.esf.org/index.php?id=183&action_number=FP1002

Staff
Schopf Axel, Project Staff
Wegensteiner Rudolf, Project Staff
Kirisits Thomas, Project Staff
Hoch Gernot, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
Abstract
Movements of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) globally by trade and human movement present severe and increasing risks of transfer of plant pests (principally invertebrates and plant pathogens) globally. Climate change adds further opportunities for pest establishment and impact, both by providing increased survival and growth opportunities for pests and, through environmental stresses, making trees more vulnerable to those pests. In relation to ecosystem services and their longevity, forests are particularly vulnerable to IAS. In particular, multiple PATHWAYS for transfer of pests internationally are poorly characterised, leading to
increasing transfer and establishment of new damaging organisms. The COST Action PERMIT addresses this shortfall in knowledge and practice and will focus on reducing threats from exotic pests through promoting ENHANCED PATHWAY MANAGEMENT. The general approach will be through analysis and shared experiences of the principal pathways for movement of forest pests. This will lead to an appraisal of potential
generic procedures that could be applied to pathway management, ultimately leading to a “manage once, remove many” Systems Approach to maximise pest reduction and to influence future phytosanitary policy. It will deliver hard copy, electronic and workshop outputs and exchange of experiences through at least 4 Short Term Scientific Missions per year.
Keywords
forest protection;
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