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Increasing Sustainability of European Forests: Modelling for Security Against Invasive Pests and Pathogens under Climate Change

Increasing Sustainability of European Forests: Modelling for Security Against Invasive Pests and Pathogens under Climate Change

Objective

European forests are under unprecedented threat from the combined forces of climate change and large increases in the numbers of alien invasive pests and pathogens resulting from changes in patterns of global trade. Interactions between climate change, including likely changes in both mean temperatures and precipitation, will have serious impacts on the susceptibility of forest ecosystems to damage by pests and pathogens, and a large number of novel, unprecedented forest health problems are likely to occur in the near future. These problems will lead to reductions in primary production, with consequent losses in yields, biodiversity and other multi-functional roles of forests. Local extinctions of highly susceptible plant species may also result. The ISEFOR project will address these problems through:  the identification of key groups of potentially invasive alien organisms,  the development of accurate, state-of-the art diagnostic methods to detect and quantify both known and unknown threats,  an in depth analysis of the plant nursery trade, the major poorly controlled pathway for distribution of alien pests and pathogens, and  through the development of modelling software enabling the prediction of geographical areas at risk of attack by alien invasive pests and pathogens under climate change scenarios. The efficacy of the ISEFOR project will be enhanced through the use of the recently developed large databases of alien pest and pathogen threats, and interfacing with other EU-funded projects dealing with plant health issues. Results will be directed to the national plant protection organisations through targeted workshops.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

Address

King'S College Regent Walk
Ab24 3fx Aberdeen

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 536 118

Administrative Contact

Elizabeth Rattray (Dr.)

Participants (16)

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CONFEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES PROPRIETAIRES FORESTIERS ASBL

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 25 000

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 251 199

UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 276 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 151 800

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 175 922

INSTYTUT BADAWCZY LESNICTWA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 134 838

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 200 400

ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 235 500

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 237 618

CAB INTERNATIONAL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 199 716

Saint-Petersburg State Forest Academy

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 75 060

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 428 593

European State Forest Association

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 12 500

CONFEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES PROPRIETAIRES FORESTIERS ASBL

Belgium

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 12 500

INSTITUTE OF BOTANY, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

EU Contribution

€ 20 417

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245268

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2010

  • End date

    28 February 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 995 536,40

  • EU contribution

    € 2 973 181

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom