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 10 in Parma, Italy, 23-26 Aug 2016

We've changed our name

We recently changed our group name from the International Pest Risk Mapping Workgroup (IPRMW) to the International Pest Risk Research Group (IPRRG). Based on a group-wide vote, it was decided that the new name was a good descriptor for everything our members do.

IPRRG 10 in Parma, Italy, 23-26 Aug 2016

IPRRG 10 in Parma, Italy, 23-26 Aug 2016

Our next group meeting -- our tenth annual meeting! -- will be held in Parma, Italy on 23-26 August 2016. The meeting will be hosted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). More details will be available soon, but start making your travel plans. We hope to see you there!

Constitution formally ratified

Constitution formally ratified

The IPRRG constitution was formally ratified by a group-wide vote. The document includes rules for group governance and organization of activities, including group meetings. It can be accessed from the "Who are we?" page of this web site.

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Visiting Scientist Opportunity – Sardinia

Giuseppe Brundu, University of Sassari (Sardinia, Italy) is calling for expressions of interest from researchers who may be interested in visiting Sardinia for one to three months in 2016.  He is applying for funding to support a visiting professor/scientist who is willing to provide training to PhD students, short lectures and who is willing to co-author […]

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Mature larva of Helicoverpa armigera. (M.J. van derStaten, NPPO Netherlands, Bugwood).

Old world bollworm risk to US borne out

Pest risk modelling warning for old world bolworm borne out In July, the South East Farm Press reported that a male Helicoverpa armigera (old world bollworm) adult had been detected in the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey survey in Florida.  [Latest reports have updated this to three adult male moths trapped].  This species poses a threat to a very wide range of […]

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Helicoverpa armigera larva in maize (Photo Tek Tay, CSIRO)

Helicoverpa armigera invading the Americas

Helicoverpa armigera has recently been discovered in South America.  It has since been tracked spreading into the Caribbean.  Pest risk modelling has revealed that most of the US crop production may be at some degree of risk from this pest, which has developed resistance to most pesticides.  The rapid northward spread in the Americas suggests that it is […]

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Bananas infected with Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense tropical race 4 (Biosec. QLD)

Panama disease in Queensland bananas

  Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 has been detected in Queensland, Australia.  In a blow to lovers of Cavendish bananas, this devastating vascular soil borne disease of bananas has been discovered in Tully, North Queensland, Australia.  This news is particularly difficult for Queenslanders to accept, as they are affectionately known within Australia […]

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