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Development of improved methods for detection, control and eradication of pine wood nematode in support of EU Plant Health policy

Objective

Europe’s pine forests are a valuable economic, social and environmental resource under threat from the introduction of the pine wood nematode (PWN), Bursaphelenchus xylophilus. Although not a pest in its native North America, PWN has devastated forests in Asia. Since the arrival of PWN in Portugal, the native maritime pine, Pinus pinaster, has proved to be extremely susceptible, with PWN being spread by the local longhorn beetle Monochamus galloprovincialis. Previous studies have shown that PWN could spread throughout the Iberian peninsula and beyond, making it a major threat to European forests.

Effective containment and eventual eradication of PWN demands a detailed understanding of the behaviour and dynamics of PWN in infested trees, especially because delayed onset of symptoms (latency) reduces survey accuracy and can compromise containment strategies. Research will be carried out into vector dispersal capacity; improved ways to monitor and reduce populations using synthetic chemical lures will be investigated; the potential for PWN transfer between trees in the absence of the Monochamus spp. vectors will be evaluated, as will the introduction of resistant conifers. Crucially, the project will extend the capability of existing models to identify the risk posed by PWN to the rest of Europe and the possible impact of climate change on its spread.

The REPHRAME project brings together Europe’s leading experts on PWN, together with colleagues from around the world, to address the key gaps in current knowledge. As well as providing a scientific basis for governmental action to deal with PWN, the results of the project will be synthesised into a user-friendly toolkit so that workers on the ground can put them to immediate use. The project also includes extensive dissemination activities to ensure the uptake and application of results across the EU and world-wide.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2010-4
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY
Address
Alice Holt Lodge
GU10 4LH Farnham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 581 049
Administrative Contact
Hugh Evans (Dr.)

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 172 092,80
Address
Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich
SE10 9LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Robert Hall (Prof.)
BUNDESFORSCHUNGS UND AUSBILDUNGSZENTRUM FUR WALD NATURGEFAHREN UND LANDSCHAFT
Austria
EU contribution
€ 278 568
Address
Seckendorff Gudent Weg 8
1131 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christian Tomiczek (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 432 916
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Claire Poitelon (Ms.)
JULIUS KUHN-INSTITUT BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR KULTURPFLANZEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 263 174,40
Address
Erwin-baur-strasse 27
06484 Quedlinburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Knut Steffens (Mr.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGAÇAO AGRARIA E VETERINARIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 447 837,40
Address
Avenida Da Republica Quinta Do Marques
2780 157 Oeiras
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Helena Cordoso (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 278 289
Address
Largo Dos Colegiais 2
7000 803 Evora
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cesaltina Frade (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 86 261
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jimenez Arroyo (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 286 747,40
Address
Plaza Santa Cruz 8 Palacio De Santa Cruz
47002 Valladolid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yolanda Calvo (Ms.)
INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 37 503
Address
Beichen West Road 1 5
100101 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sun Jianghua (Dr.)
NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI
Norway
EU contribution
€ 133 500
Address
Hoegskoleveien 7
1430 Aas
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Terje Granli (Mr.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLOGICOS I.P. INRB
Portugal
Address
Rua Barata Salgueiro 37/4
1250042 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Edmundo Sousa (Dr.)