Research to improve pest risk methods

The International Pest Risk Research Group is focused on improving pest risk modelling and mapping methods through the application and sharing of rigorous, innovative research.

IPRRG 10th Meeting - PDFs of presentations now available!

IPRRG 2017

The 11th Meeting of the International Pest Risk Research Group was held Tuesday 29th August - Friday 1st September 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. The IPRRG hosted the meeting in association with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

We'd like to recognize the following award winners:
Best presentation: Erica Kistner, USDA Midwest Climate Hub
Best poster: Amy Morey, University of Minnesota
Best student presentation: Jenny Liu, University of Guelph
Congratulations to all three!

Additional details about the meeting are available on the "IPPRG 2017" page.

Visit the "IPRRG 2017" page

IPRRG 10th Meeting - PDFs of presentations now available!

IPRRG 10th Meeting - PDFs of presentations now available!

Our tenth annual meeting was held in Parma, Italy on 23-26 August 2016. The meeting was hosted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Participant presentations and other materials from the meeting are available from the link below. You may also visit the "Past Meetings" page.

Visit the "IPRRG 10" archive

What is Project Stinky?

What is Project Stinky?

In 2015, IPRRG embarked on an ambitious new project: a global pest risk assessment for the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål). The effort, codenamed "Project Stinky", is intended to focus the skills and talents of the Group on a pressing issue and to demonstrate the Group's value to scientists, managers, and policy makers.

The project had its first output published in the Journal of Pest Science in May 2017.

To learn more, visit the "Project Stinky" page

IPRRG Executive Committee for the 2017-2019 term

After conferring among ourselves, the incoming members of the IPRRG Executive Committee have selected Darren Kriticos as Chair for the 2017-2019 term. The other officers are as follows: Denys Yemshanov, Vice-Chair; Senait Senay, Secretary-Treasurer; Frank Koch, Communications Officer; and Ana Clariza Samoyoa, Student Representative. Please feel free to contact any officer regarding IPRRG matters — […]

Read More

Publication: Modelling climate change impacts on habitat suitability of forest tree species

IPRRG member Daniele de Rigo, along with colleagues from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, has published a work on a robust modelling architecture to estimate the maximum habitat suitability for tree species. Although exemplified for a specific coniferous taxon in Europe, the methodology is general and was systematically applied in the European Atlas of […]

Read More

3rd International Congress on Biological Invasions

3rd International Congress on Biological Invasions Building capacity to manage biological invasions and facilitate trade Hangzhou, China 19-23 November, 2017 The Congress will continue to facilitate the exchange of cutting edge research and the tracking of technical progress in sustainably managing invasive alien species. It will target the research challenges of IAS management at national, regional […]

Read More

Recently published articles of interest

Some recent articles that might be of interest to IPRRG members…two accepted in the Journal of Applied Ecology: Depletion of heterogeneous source species pools predicts future invasion rates – Liebhold AM, Brockerhoff EG, Kimberley M http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/…/10.11…/1365-2664.12895/full Embracing uncertainty in applied ecology – Milner-Gulland EJ, Shea K http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/…/10.11…/1365-2664.12887/full …and another in Ecology Letters (early view article): […]

Read More

European Food Safety Authority Survey: Scientific Uncertainty

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) just launched an effort to better explain scientific uncertainty. They’re asking for help!  Please complete a survey (available in several different languages) that can be accessed from the @Methods_EFSA Twitter feed: How certain r u? Help us better explain #scientificuncertainty take our survey available in EN FR DE EL ES RO https://t.co/73XyyobaCh pic.twitter.com/aQYEU9ItBW — […]

Read More

CLIMEX Training

Introduction to CLIMEX Version 4 CLIMEX is one of the most powerful computer-based tools available to pest risk assessors and ecologists to explore the geographical effects of climate on organisms.  Using CLIMEX you can explore a species’ potential distribution and phenology under current and future climate scenarios.  New features include the ability to explore seasonal […]

Read More

Science Protecting Plant Health Conference, 26-28 September 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A call for abstracts has been issued for the Science Protecting Plant Health Conference, 26-28th September 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. The closing date for abstract submission is 1 March. This joint conference of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society and the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre promises an interesting programme of international speakers. Visit the conference […]

Read More

EU-Forest, a high-resolution tree occurrence dataset for Europe

Achille Mauri (European Commission-Joint Research Centre) and colleagues published an article recently in Scientific Data, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal from the natureresearch group. The article describes EU-Forest, a high-resolution tree occurrence dataset for Europe. From the abstract: “We present EU-Forest, a dataset that integrates and extends by almost one order of magnitude the publicly available information on European tree species distribution. The core of our […]

Read More

Test-drive new geospatial tools from ESRI

The ESRI Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Program will be offering a free course, “Earth Imagery at Work”, that should be useful for anyone interested in applying remotely sensed imagery to develop and enhance spatial information products. The six-week course will run 1 February-14 March 2017 and will require 1-2 hours of study per week. From ESRI: […]

Read More