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Alert lists of pests likely to be introduced in the EU with table grapes, apples, oranges and mandarins, and Vaccinium berries

Alert lists of pests likely to be introduced in the EU with table grapes, apples,  oranges and mandarins, and Vaccinium berries | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it
 Within the DROPSA project, EPPO and JKI (Julius-Kühn-Institute, Germany) prepared alert lists of pests likely to be introduced in Europe with fruit trade.
For each of the four fruit crops studied a specific report has been prepared. These specific reports provide data on fruit production and trade, as well as explanations on the characteristics of the pathways studied. They also list the pests which have been identified as presenting some risks for the EU fruit production during the different steps of the prioritization process, and finally present an alert list of pests.
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The EU project DROPSA ‘Strategies to develop effective, innovative and practical approaches to protect major European fruit crops from pests and pathogens’ aimed to improve plant health strategies in the fruit sector. see www.dropsaproject.eu
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Sharing information on risk assessment and risk management performed to protect plant health and agricultural plant production in the EPPO region and worldwide. Sharing information on PRA methodology (e.g. climate mapping, PRA schemes, evaluation of impact)
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EPPO and Pest Risk Analysis

This e-journal on 'Pest Risk Analysis' is maintained by the EPPO Secretariat. Its aim is to share information on pest risk analyses and on PRA tools.

 

The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization is an intergovernmental organization which currently has 51 member countries. 

 On its official website, EPPO also provides:

- PRAs conducted by EPPO Expert Working Groups: http://www.eppo.int/QUARANTINE/Pest_Risk_Analysis/PRA_intro.htm

- national PRAs which have been presented to EPPO Panels: http://www.eppo.int/QUARANTINE/Pest_Risk_Analysis/PRA_documents.htm

- the EPPO Alert List (emerging pests for the Euro-Mediterranean region): www.eppo.int/QUARANTINE/Alert_List/alert_list.htm

 

Read more on EPPO work on PRA on http://www.eppo.int/QUARANTINE/Pest_Risk_Analysis/PRA_intro.htm.

 

Visit the EPPO website: www.eppo.int

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Dispersal of quarantine pests from businesses receiving potatoes or vegetables, both washed and unwashed

Dispersal of quarantine pests from businesses receiving potatoes or vegetables, both washed and unwashed | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

Quarantine pests may be dispersed with organic waste, wastewater or sludge from packing plants that handle domestic and imported potatoes and vegetables. The effectiveness of risk reduction options varies.

This is the key message in a risk assessment that the Norwegian Scientific Committee on Food and Environment, VKM, has conducted on the request of The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA).

The crops relevant for the assessment are potatoes, bulb, carrots, onions and other root vegetables that are susceptible to damage from quarantine pests. A quarantine pest is a pest of potential economic importance to the area endangered thereby and not yet present there, or present but not widely distributed and being officially controlled.

 

VKM, Rafoss T, Magnusson C, Sletten A, Wendell M, Sundheim L, Brodal G, Ergon Å, Solheim H, Tronsmo AM. (2018) Assessment of quarantine pest dispersal in waste from potato and root vegetable packing plants in Norway. Opinion of the Panel on Plant Health of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment. VKM report 2018:15, ISBN: 978-82-8259-312-0, ISSN: 2535-4019. Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM), Oslo, Norway.  

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VKM has identified in total 13 plant pathogenic viruses, five plant pathogenic bacteria and phytoplasmas, five plant pathogenic fungi, six plant parasitic nematodes and four plant parasitic insects are considered to have potential for dispersal with waste from packing plants.

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56th meeting of the EPPO Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations

56th meeting of the EPPO Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

The 56th meeting of the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations took place in Bergen, Norway, on 2018-06-19/22 at the kind invitation of the NPPO of Norway. There were 20 participants from 16 EPPO countries and 2 observers from the European Commission and USDA-APHIS. This EPPO Working Party directs and supervises the technical work of many EPPO Panels related to plant health. A summary of the different Panel meetings and Workshops which took place since the last meeting was presented to the Working Party (short summaries of these meetings are posted on this website). The Working Party also discussed the work programme for 2019 and made several recommendations that will be presented to the EPPO Council.

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The Working Party recommended that 16 new pests (including 10 invasive alien plants) should be added to the EPPO Lists of pests recommended for regulation as quarantine pests. 

15 new Standards were considered ready to be presented for approval at Council:

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Update of the Xylella spp. host plant database 

Following a request from the European Commission, EFSA periodically updates the database on the host plants of Xylella spp. While previous editions of the database (2015 and 2016) dealt with the species Xylella fastidiosa only, this database version addresses the whole genus Xylella, including therefore both species X. fastidiosa and Xylella taiwanensis. The database now includes information on host plants of Xylella spp. retrieved from scientific literature up to November 2017 and from EUROPHYT notifications up to May 2018.

This report also includes published information on resistance or tolerance of plant varieties to Xylella spp. The current database includes 563 plant species reported to be infected by X. fastidiosa, of which for 312 plant species the infection has been determined with at least two different detection methods. These species cover hundreds of host plant genera in 82 botanical families (61 botanical families when considering only records with at least two different detection methods). 

 

Raw data and related metadata are published in Zenodo in the EFSA Knowledge Junction community (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1339344).

Data will be available soon as interactive reports at the following link (expected to be active by end September 2018): https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/microstrategy/xylella

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EFSA Pest risk assessment of Spodoptera frugiperda for the European Union

EFSA was asked for a partial risk assessment of Spodoptera frugiperda for the territory of the EU focussing on the main pathways for entry, factors affecting establishment, risk reduction options and pest management. 

 

EFSA PHL (2018) Pest risk assessment of Spodoptera frugiperda for the European Union

https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.2903/j.efsa.2018.5351

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Norwegian PRA on Dendrolimus sibiricus and Dendrolimus superans

The two lappet moths, Dendrolimus sibiricus and D. superans, are largely native to Russia and restricted parts of Northern China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Japan. The pests feed on the needles several native conifer species (Pinaceae), including species found in Norway; Norway spruce (Picea abies) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). In Russia, these moths can be major pests, where reoccurring defoliation of Coniferous trees under drought conditions eventually lead to death.

Unlikely to establish

VKM is of the opinion that the probability for the two lappet moths to spread naturally to Norway is unlikely, mainly because of the geographical distance and partial sea barriers between Norway and the infested areas.

The overall probability of entry by human mediated pathways for D. superans and D. sibiricus is considered as unlikely.

VKM is of the opinion that, should D. sibiricus enter the pest risk analysis (PRA) area, the probability of establishment and spread are considered as unlikely, due to the combination of suboptimal environmental conditions and the fact that the two potential host trees, Norway spruce (P. abies) and Scots pine (P. sylvestris), are intermediate and poor hosts, respectively.

 

 

VKM, Trond Rafoss, Daniel Flø, Leif Sundheim, Micael Wendell, Guro Brodal, Åshild Ergon, Christer Magnusson, Arild Sletten, Halvor Solheim (2018). Pest risk assessment of Dendrolimus sibiricus and Dendrolimus superans. Opinion of the Panel on Plant Health of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment. VKM report 2018:08, ISBN: 978-82-8259-305-2, ISSN: 2535-4019. Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM), Oslo, Norway. https://vkm.no/download/18.4911bf9f162d180eeb634517/1524135550834/Pest%20risk%20assessment%20of%20Dendrolimus%20sibiricus%20and%20Dendrolimus%20superans.pdf

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VKM is of the opinion that the probability for the two lappet moths to spread naturally to Norway is unlikely, mainly because of the geographical distance and partial sea barriers between Norway and the infested areas.

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Dutch quick scan on Nipponaclerda biwakoensis, the Phragmites scale

Dutch quick scan on Nipponaclerda biwakoensis, the Phragmites scale | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

The Netherlands is a major importer of reed from Asia. During an inventory (literature search) of possible pests that may be associated with reed consignments from Asia, information was found about a major outbreak of an Asian species, Nipponaclerda biwakoensis, in reed vegetation in North America. A preliminary risk assessment (Quick scan) was made for this pest. 


In the USA (United States of America) the Phragmites scale, Nipponaclerda biwakoensis (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Aclerdidae), native to Asia, was discovered and identified during the fall of 2016 causing massive impacts on reed vegetation in the Mississippi delta. The species can likely establish in Europe where it may also cause massive impacts on reed vegetation. Reed is being imported from Asia (for thatching) and may be a pathway for the species. Currently, reed it is not subject to phytosanitary inspections.


Quick scan number: ENT2018-001 Nipponaclerda biwakoensis (2018) https://english.nvwa.nl/binaries/nvwa-en/documents/risicobeoordeling/plantenziekten/archief/2018/nipponaclerda-biwakoensis-quick-scan/quickscan-Nipponaclerda-biwakoensis-february-2018.pdf

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The NPPO of the Netherlands will include inspections of reed consignments from Asia in their survey programme for 2018.

It should be noted that plants for planting may also be a pathway for introduction
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Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Pest Risk Analysis for New fruits, vegetables and plants from new countries of origin

Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Pest Risk Analysis for New fruits, vegetables and plants from new countries of origin | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it
This document describes the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA's) Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) process for evaluating import requests and establishing phytosanitary import requirements for fruits, vegetables and plants from new countries of origin.
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Trade and production of plants and plant products in Sweden - A knowledge base for pest risk analysis

Trade and production of plants and plant products in Sweden - A knowledge base for pest risk analysis | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

The overall aim of the project was to compile information to provide a knowledge base for the assessment of the economic consequences of new plant pests. Relevant information and data on the volumes of trade of plants and plant products that may provide pathways of introduction for invasive plant pests to Sweden and the economic value of plants at risk in Sweden was described.



Olof Widenfalk, Maria Jakobsson, Anton Hammarström, Lina Widenfalk, Greensway AB  (2018) Trade and production of plants and plant products in Sweden - A knowledge base for pest risk analysis 

https://www.slu.se/globalassets/ew/org/centrb/riskv/pub/trade-and-production-of-plants-and-plant-products-in-sweden.pdf

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Update of Commission database of host plants found to be susceptible to Xylella fastidiosa in the Union territory 

Update of Commission database of host plants found to be susceptible to Xylella fastidiosa in the Union territory  | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

The European Commission @Food_EU has updated the list of host plants susceptible to Xylella in the EU

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Plants added: Coronilla glauca, Euryops chrysanthemoides, Medicago sativa, Prunus cerasus, Calicotome spinosa, Juglans regia.
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Naupactus xanthographus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) added to the EPPO Alert list

Naupactus xanthographus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) added to the EPPO Alert list | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it
Naupactus xanthographus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae - South American fruit tree weevil) is a weevil which has been reported to cause economic damage in grapevine and fruit trees. During the EU-funded project DROPSA (Strategies to develop effective, innovative and practical approaches to protect major European fruit crops from pests and pathogens), N. xanthographus was identified as a pest of fruit which may present a risk for the EPPO region, in particular for grapevine.

Photo: Courtesy: P. Reynaud - BIP of Marseille Port (FR) Specimen found on apples from Uruguay
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Naupactus xanthographus was recently found in France in a consigment of apples from Uruguay
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EEC/EPPO Workshop on Regulated Pests: risk analysis and listing (Moscow, 2018-06-06/08)

EEC/EPPO Workshop on Regulated Pests: risk analysis and listing (Moscow, 2018-06-06/08) | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it
A joint EEC/EPPO Workshop on ‘Regulated Pests: risk analysis and listing’ will be organized from the 6th to the 8th of June 2018 in Moscow at the Eurasian Economic Commission. 

The Workshop will address the process for conducting a Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) for Regulated Pests, the assessment of the Regulated Non-Quarantine Pest status (RNQP) and the procedures for developing new lists of Regulated Pests throughout the EPPO region. This last point will be illustrated with presentations on the recent development of a common quarantine pest list by the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) as well as the work currently performed by the European Union (EU) in the context of its new EU Plant Health Law (Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 on protective measures against pests of plants). During the Workshop, a training session on evaluation of RNQP status for specific pests will be organized, using the methodology developed during the RNQP Project (EU Quality Pests Project (RNQP project) financed by the EU under the contract SANTE/2016/G1/SI2.726941).
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Please register by the 30th of March. http://meeting.eppo.int/meeting.php/G5546
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Paper on  inspection efficacy of Wood Packaging Material entering the European Union

Paper on  inspection efficacy of Wood Packaging Material entering the European Union | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it
Between April 2013 and March 2015, 72,263 relevant consignments were received from China in the EU and 26,008 were inspected. Harmful organisms were detected in 0.9% of the consignments, and 1.1% of the imports did not have markings compliant with the international standard for treating WPM, ISPM 15. There were significant differences between the detection rates of harmful organisms among EU member states. In member states that inspected at least 500 consignments, the rate of detection ranged from 6.9% in Austria and France to 0.0% in Spain and Poland. If this difference in detection rate is the result of differences in the methods and intensity of inspection in different member states then an approximate sevenfold increase in the interception of harmful organisms may be achieved if all states were to achieve detection rates achieved by Austria and France. The EU data from 1999 to 2014 indicated an increasing number of interceptions of Bostrichidae and Cerambycidae since 2010. This study demonstrates that there is an ongoing threat of non-native forest pests being imported on WPM

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This study demonstrates that there is an ongoing threat of non-native forest pests being imported on WPM.
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This study about inspections of wood packaging material (WPM) carried out in the EU member states demonstrates that there is still an ongoing threat of non-native forest pests being imported on WPM.
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Pest Risk Analysis on Xylella fastidiosa in Morocco

Pest Risk Analysis on Xylella fastidiosa in Morocco | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

Morocco is basically an agricultural country; almost 40% of the workforce is employed in this sector. Xylella fastidiosa is a xylem-inhabiting pathogen which can infect more than 300 plant species, although most host species are symptomless. Until relatively recently, X. fastidiosa was primarily limited to North and South America, but in 2013 a widespread epidemic of olive quick decline syndrome caused by this fastidious pathogen appeared in southeastern Italy, and later several cases of X. fastidiosa outbreaks have been reported in other European countries (France, Germany and Spain). Following these recently confirmed findings of X. fastidiosa in the European Union, this bacterium has become a serious threat to the Moroccan flora. The national phytosanitary authorities have adopted several measures to prevent the introduction of X. fastidiosa into the national territory by deciding, inter alia, to suspend importation of host plant species to the bacterium from infected areas. 

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This paper presents the phytosanitary risk of Xylella fastidiosa in Morocco.

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Fiorinia phantasma recently added to EPPO Alert List

Fiorinia phantasma recently added to EPPO Alert List | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

The attention of the EPPO Secretariat was attracted by colleagues from USDA-PPQ-APHIS to the emergence of Fiorinia phantasma (=Fiorinia coronata - Hemiptera: Diaspididae) in the USA. F. phantasma is a polyphagous pest of ornamental plants, with a preference for palm tree species. It was initially described from specimens collected in 1914 on Neolitsea sp. in the Philippines (Mount Makiling, Luzon Island). It was found in 2004 in Hawaii (US), first on the island of Oahu infesting landscape palm trees, and then on other ornamentals (in nurseries and the landscape) on the island of Maui. A recent taxonomic review of this scale species concluded that Fiorinia coronata was a synonym of F. phantasma, and that this scale was present in more than 20 countries, thus suggesting that it is spreading. Finally, heavy infestations F. phantasma were discovered in March 2018 in continental USA, in Florida (Miami-Dade county) on Phoenix canariensis. Considering the polyphagy of F. phantasma and its capacity to be moved between continents on plant material, the EPPO Secretariat felt that it could usefully be added to the EPPO Alert List.

 

Photo: Fiorinia phantasma adults- Muhammad. Z Ahmed, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org

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Platynota rostrana and Platynota stultana: short pest risk analysis for the EU

Platynota rostrana and Platynota stultana: short pest risk analysis for the EU | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

The Dutch NVWA recently published a short Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)  for the leaf-roller moths Platynota rostrana and P. stultana following findings of these organisms on imported lots of plants for planting in the Netherlands and in the field in southern Spain, respectively. The PRA does not include a pathway-analysis but used information on pathways from PRAs made by the United Kingdom and Spain.

 

NVWA (van der Gaar & van der Straten) 2017. https://english.nvwa.nl/binaries/nvwa-en/documents/plant/plant-health/pest-risk-analysis/documents/platynota-rostrana-and-platynota-stultana-short-pest-risk-analysis/platynota-rostrana-and-platynota-stultana-short-pest-risk-analysis.pdf

 

Photo Platynota rostrana on plants of Dracaena (© NPPO of the Netherlands, June 2015).

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P. stultana has been present in Spain for several years and NVWA assessed that both species can likely establish outdoors in southern parts of the EU. 

P. stultana was recommended for regulation as a quarantine pest by EPPO in 2017. More information at https://gd.eppo.int/taxon/PLAAST

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Xylotrechus chinensis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) added to the EPPO Alert List

Xylotrechus chinensis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) added to the EPPO Alert List | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

Xylotrechus chinensis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae - Tiger longicorn beetle) is an Asian wood borer which has recently been found in two EPPO countries (Spain, Greece), causing mortality of Morus trees. In its area of origin, other reported hosts include Malus spp. (apple), Pyrus spp. (pear), and Vitis vinifera (grapevine). Considering the importance of the host plants in the EPPO region, and its recent introduction in several places almost simultaneously, the EPPO Secretariat considered that X. chinensis should be added to the EPPO Alert List.

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Training Workshop on PRA methodologies for Invasive Alien Plants

Training Workshop on PRA methodologies for Invasive Alien Plants | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

A training workshop on methodologies for conducting pest risk analysis for invasive alien plants will be held in Belgrade, Serbia. The workshop will start on Friday 30th November at 09:00 and will finish on Saturday 1st  December at 18:00.

The two-day course will combine introductory lecture material with practical exercises to familiarize participants with the EPPO Decision-support scheme for an Express Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) and methodologies for collecting and interpretation of information. The training workshop is intended to stimulate participants to think about what information should be included in a PRA and where this information can be sourced.

Pre-registration should be made using the following link before 2018-09-30: http://meeting.eppo.int/index.php/K5742

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Proceedings of the International Symposium for Risk-Based Sampling (Baltimore, Maryland, June 26-30, 2017)

Australia, New Zealand, and the United States have started shifting their inspection procedures toward statistically-based designs that are consistent with the principles of the SPS Agreement and the guidance provided by ISPMs 23 and 31. Other countries have similar plans or are considering strategies that move in the same direction. Sharing views and experiences contributes to a better understanding of the conceptual foundation, the operational and regulatory challenges, and
responses to inspector and stakeholder perceptions.
The International Symposium for Risk-Based Sampling (RBS) was conceived as a forum for sharing knowledge, expertise, needs, and experience. It was designed to encourage collaboration, advance harmonization, and facilitate implementation. The ultimate objective of the Symposium was to support the evolution of the phytosanitary community toward more efficient and effective inspection programs that are consistent with the international regulatory framework. 

 

Proceedings International Symposium for Risk-Based Sampling
(Baltimore, Maryland June 26-30, 2017) https://www.nappo.org/files/8215/3486/9818/RBS_Symposium_Proceedings_-_08212018-e.pdf

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Spanish contingency plan for Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum and its vectors

Spanish contingency plan for Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum and its vectors | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture recently pusblished a contingency plan against Candidatus liberibacter solanacearum (CaLsol) and its vectors

It includes a protocol for survey, an eradication programme for

Candidatus Lso (haplotypes A and B) and Bactericera cockerelli, as well as a programme on suppression of Candidatus Lso (haplotypes C, D and E) et its vectors, and keys to identify Bactericera trigonica, B. tremblayi and B. nigricornis


PLAN DE CONTINGENCIA DE Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (Lso) y sus vectores 2017

http://www.mapama.gob.es/es/agricultura/temas/sanidad-vegetal/candidatuslso_contingencia_abril2017sincolores_tcm30-379857.pdf

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Haplotype E was detected on few occasion in potato tubers in Spain http://ec.europa.eu/food/audits-analysis/audit_reports/details.cfm?rep_id=3884
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Assessment of the risk to Norwegian biodiversity from the import and keeping of terrestrial gastropods in terrariums 

VKM has considered 116 species. 83 come from tropical or subtropical climate, and their establishment in Norway was deemed very unlikely based on the climate conditions in their native range. 
33 species inhabits areas with a climate more similar to the Norwegian climate, in a 50-year perspective.18 of these were assessed as having a low risk in terms of negative impact on Norwegian biodiversity, while ten species have a medium risk, and only a single species was classified as having a high risk. 
The greatest risk is posed by the European Brown Garden Snail (Helix aspersa). - This species is known to be highly invasive, and has spread to many new areas around the world, and has had a huge impact on the environments there. It is considered to be a garden and agricultural pest in many areas where it has been introduced, and can act as a host for parasites that can infect both gastropods, birds and mammals, says Dr. Nielsen.

Assessment of the risk to Norwegian biodiversity from the import and keeping of terrestrial gastropods in terrariums (2017) available at
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11 species of alien terrestrial snails have the potential to establish a population in Norway, given a warmer climate in the next 50 years. The potential impact includes harming local flora and native snails and slugs. They may also harm crops.
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CABI launches a new Horizon Scanning Tool

CABI launches a new Horizon Scanning Tool | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it
CABI has developed a new horizon scanning tool to help users identify potential invasive species threats to a country, state or province by using data from Compendia datasheets. Two versions of the tool are available: a free version from the open-access Invasive Species Compendium and a premium version to subscribers to the Crop Protection Compendium.

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CABI has just released a new horizon scanning tool to help users identifying potential invasive species threats to an area. This tool uses information from CABI Compendia datasheets.
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12th Annual Meeting of the International Pest Risk Research Group (16-19 October 2018)

12th Annual Meeting of the International Pest Risk Research Group (16-19 October 2018) | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

The International Pest Risk Research Group (IPRRG) will be hosting its 12th annual meeting in association with the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) and National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) from Tuesday 16th October – Friday 19th October 2018 in Taichung, Taiwan. 


Call for Abstracts: Oral and poster presentations are invited on all aspects of pest risk research. Pests include “any species, strain or biotype of plant, animal or pathogenic agent, injurious” to plants or animals. Presentations on the meeting theme are particularly welcomed but those describing advances in modelling and mapping risks (e.g. pathway analysis, species distribution modelling, spread modelling, uncertainty analysis, climate change impacts and vector-borne disease risk), impact assessment, and communicating risks to policy makers are also welcome. University students are encouraged to participate fully.

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Abstracts (≤250 words) should be submitted by 31 May 2018 via our online abstract submission form. http://www.pestrisk.org/submit-abstract-iprrg-2018/
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Public consultation on the draft Guidance of the EFSA Plant Health Panel on quantitative pest risk assessment

Public consultation on the draft Guidance of the EFSA Plant Health Panel on quantitative pest risk assessment | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it

EFSA’s Panel on Plant Health (PLH) has launched an open consultation on its draft guidance on quantitative pest risk assessment. This draft guidance proposes advice to assessors on how to design quantitative pest risk assessment and manage the process to deliver fit for purpose assessments of plant pest risks. Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 25 March 2018.

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Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 25 March 2018 
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German PRA on Cathaica fasciola (Gasteropoda)

German PRA on Cathaica fasciola (Gasteropoda) | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it
JKI recently published an Express PRA (in German) on Cathaica fasciola, a snail originating in China, Japan and Guam, after a finding on wooden pallets carrying stones in Hessen. 

C. fasciola is polyphagous,  and affects vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants, pasture plants and other crops.
It can be assumed that C. fasciola can settle in Germany due to suitable climatic conditions in Germany, a settlement in other EU member states is also possible. Because of its high harmful potential for gardening, ornamental plants and other agricultural crops, C. fasciola represents a significant phytosanitary risk for Germany and other EU Member States. In addition, the species is an intermediate host in combination with horseshoes (Conocephalus spp.occurring in Europe) for the parasite Eurytrema pancreaticum (which may affect the pancreas of sheep, goats, pigs, cattle. 

JKI 2018 Express – PRA zu Cathaica fasciola

Muriel Suffert's insight:
The pest was also introduced in USA but could be eradicated
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Alert lists of pests likely to be introduced in the EU with table grapes, apples, oranges and mandarins, and Vaccinium berries

Alert lists of pests likely to be introduced in the EU with table grapes, apples,  oranges and mandarins, and Vaccinium berries | Pest risk analysis | Scoop.it
 Within the DROPSA project, EPPO and JKI (Julius-Kühn-Institute, Germany) prepared alert lists of pests likely to be introduced in Europe with fruit trade.
For each of the four fruit crops studied a specific report has been prepared. These specific reports provide data on fruit production and trade, as well as explanations on the characteristics of the pathways studied. They also list the pests which have been identified as presenting some risks for the EU fruit production during the different steps of the prioritization process, and finally present an alert list of pests.
Muriel Suffert's insight:
The EU project DROPSA ‘Strategies to develop effective, innovative and practical approaches to protect major European fruit crops from pests and pathogens’ aimed to improve plant health strategies in the fruit sector. see www.dropsaproject.eu
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