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 will be held Tuesday 29th August - Friday 1st September 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. The IPRRG is hosting the meeting in association with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. All IPRRG members are invited and encouraged to attend!

The call for abstracts has now closed. Additional details about the meeting are available on the "IPPRG 2017" page.

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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, <i>Halyomorpha halys</i> (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

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 […]

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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): […]

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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 — […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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Access materials from the recent Joint EFSA-EPPO Workshop: Modelling in Plant Health

Materials are now available from the recent Joint EFSA-EPPO Workshop: Modelling in Plant Health – how can models support risk assessment of plant pests and decision-making? On 12-14 December 2016, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) held a joint workshop on Modelling in plant health – how can models […]

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Publication of the European Atlas of Forest Tree Species

The EC’s Joint Research Centre celebrated the International Day of Forests (21 March) by launching the first ever European Atlas of Forest Tree Species. A result of the collaborative efforts of leading scientists and forestry professionals, this publication provides information on the different species that can be found in European forests and the factors that threaten them, […]

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