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In January 1990, European scientists set up, with the help of the European Community, a workgroup (COST 813) studying diseases and disorders in forest nurseries.

It soon became apparent that scientists had accumulated a lot of knowledge in this area but that this knowledge needed to be available to nursery managers, who are ultimately responsible for maintaining and increasing forest nursery production.

One of the group's activities was the establishment of a list of major damaging agents in nurseries and, despite the biogeographical diversity in Europe, the lists were sufficiently similar to envisage a book that would be of relevance in all the regions concerned (western Europe: from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean basin). A request was made to the European Union to support a concerted action which, bringing together the efforts of the scientists of the different countries, would lead to a handbook which would help nursery managers to diagnose correctly and to control the most common damaging agents. The project was accepted by the European Union and commenced in December 1993.

For this project, the most widely cultivated tree species in the participating countries were selected and it was decided to concentrate on abiotic factors and biotic diseases and insects that occur frequently and that can cause economic loss. Less frequently observed damaging agents are not included, nor are the tree species that are cultivated more locally. It can be expected that most of the major problems encountered by nursery managers are described in the book.

Additional information

Authors: NEF L, Universite catholique de Louvain, Faculte des Sciences agronomiques, Louvain-la-Neuve (BE);PERRIN R, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Laboratoire de Recherches sur la Flore Pathogene du sol, Dijon (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18169 EN (2000) 352pp., EURO: 25.00
Availability: Available from the European Commission, Communication Unit, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Brussels (BE) Fax: +32-2-2958220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-2803-4
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