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Don't bring home exotic plants in your luggage

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European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization has released the EPPO poster, which is available as downloadable pdf at their website.

From EPPO Press release:

EPPO has prepared a poster to raise public awareness about the risks of moving plants and their associated pests during international travel and to encourage responsible behaviour. It is primarily intended that the poster should be displayed in airports or any other sites where international travellers will see it (e.g. seaports, railway stations, travel agencies, embassies).


EPPO is an intergovernmental organization responsible for European cooperation in plant health. Founded in 1951 by 15 European countries, EPPO now has 50 members, covering almost all countries of the European and Mediterranean region. Its objectives are to protect plants, to develop international strategies against the introduction and spread of dangerous pests and to promote safe and effective control methods. As a Regional Plant Protection Organization, EPPO also participates in global discussions on plant health organized by FAO and the IPPC Secretariat.

Via Petter Françoise
Knapco's insight:

There are many cases recorded that single introduction of infested or infected plants caused later fast spreading and outbreaks of plant pests and diseases in new environment. With increased international trade and travel risk of new introductions are greater than ever before. Common pests from Asia or Australia can become quarantine pests in America or Europe and vice versa. New pests are often introduced unintentionally with different commodities of plant origin (e. g. fruits, flowers, wood, pot plants) and soil. European national plant protection organizations will therefore join the EPPO campaign, translate the poster into national languages and help spreading the message to people, who move around the world and are not aware of organisms that present risks to plants.



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