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!

Start planning for the IPRRG 11th Meeting!

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!

Additional details will be posted on the "IPRRG 2017" page as they become available.

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.

To learn more, visit the "Project Stinky" page

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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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 invading the Americas

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

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

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 now a matter of when, rather than if it will invade the USA.  The pest risk research has been published in PLOS One.

The potential distribution of Helicoverpa armigera

The current and potential distribution of Helicoverpa armigera

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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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