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Development of improved pest risk analysis techniques for quarantine pests, using pinewood nematode, bursaphelenchus xylophilus, in Portugal as a model system

Objective

The detection of pinewood nematode (PWN), Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, in Portugal has increased the threat to the EU from this extremely dangerous pest. The Consortium will improve current Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) methodology by:
(1) Gathering data on the biology and likely impacts of PWN and its vectors in Europe.
(2) Developing and testing survey methodology to assess the taxonomy and distribution of PWN and its Monochamus vectors on the Iberian peninsula and elsewhere.
(3) Establishing live cultures of Bursaphelenchus for pathogenicity testing on pines in Europe.
(4) Using genetic similarity to carry out pathway analysis to determine the origin of the Portuguese isolate(s) of PWN.
(5) Determining eco-climatic requirements of PWN and its vectors to improve knowledge on the pest-vector relationship.
(6) Constructing new PRA models and testing them for PWN and other quarantine pests.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY
Address
231 Corstorphine Road
EH12 7AT Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
115,Calle Serrano 115 Bis
28006 Madrid
FEDERAL BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY (BBA)
Germany
Address
Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig
FEDERAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING CENTRE FOR FORESTS, NATURAL HAZARDS AND LANDSCAPE
Austria
Address
Seckendorff-gudent-weg 8
1131 Wien
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
Boulevard Francis Meilland 123
06600 Antibes
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACAO AGRARIA
Portugal
Address
Rua Barata Salgueiro, 37-4°
1250-042 Lisboa
UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA
Portugal
Address
Largo Dos Colegiais 2
Evora