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.

Now accepting abstracts for IPRRG 2018!

Now accepting abstracts for IPRRG 2018!

The 12th Meeting of the International Pest Risk Research Group will be held 16-19 October 2018 in Taichung City, Taiwan. The IPRRG will be hosting the meeting in association with the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute and National Chung Hsing University. This year's theme is "Burgeoning Asian Trade Connectivity: Implications for International Pest Risks".

Group members can submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations until 31 May 2018.

Visit the "IPRRG 2018" page

IPRRG 11th Meeting - PDFs of presentations now available!

IPRRG 11th Meeting - PDFs of presentations now available!

Our 11th annual meeting was held in Ottawa, Canada on 29 August-1 September 2017. The meeting was hosted in association with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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 11" 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

Public consultation: draft guidance of the EFSA Plant Health Panel on quantitative pest risk assessment

From IPRRG member Giuseppe Stancanelli: EFSA’s Panel on Plant Health (PLH) has launched an open consultation on its draft guidance on quantitative pest risk assessment. This draft guidance proposes advice to assessors on how to design quantitative pest risk assessment and manage the process to deliver fit for purpose assessments of plant pest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 […]

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Job posting: Scientific Officer in Plant Health, EFSA Animal and Plant Health Unit

Thanks to IPRRG member Giuseppe Stancanelli for alerting us to this opportunity! EFSA is looking for a highly motivated scientist in entomology or plant pathology of agriculture, landscape or forestry plants or plant products, experienced in the application of quantitative plant health risk assessment and/or population dynamics or epidemiological modelling for plant pests. Please use […]

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New publication alert!

Hey IPRRG members! You may be interested in the following article recently published in Ecology and Evolution: Lustig, Audrey; Worner, Susan P.; Pitt, Joel P.W.; Doscher, Crile; Stouffer, Daniel B.; Senay, Senait D. A modeling framework for the establishment and spread of invasive species in heterogeneous environments. Ecol. Evol. 2017; 00:1–11. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.2915 The article describes […]

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Euphresco project on assessment and prioritisation of pathways

Euphresco is a network of organisations funding research projects and coordinating national research in the phytosanitary area. The overall goal of Euphresco is to support coordination and collaboration in the area of phytosanitary research, and to become a strong, long-term network of funders that fully incorporate existing and new members. Currently, Euphresco is coordinating a […]

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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 — […]

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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 […]

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