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20 November 2022

Tools to “hedge your bets” against emerging pest and pathogen attacks on forests

The risk of introducing non-native Pests and Pathogens (PnPs) into Europe has increased exponentially since the 1800s1 . The main reasons are, on the one hand the rise in trade transporting plant material or wood products, and on the other hand the effect of the weakening of ecosystems and favourable conditions for pest and pathogens […]



5 July 2022

Demonstration workshop: new tools for the prevention and detection of tree pathogens in nurseries

On the 28th of April 2022, a dozen participants from all over Europe gathered in Pistoia, Italy – one of the most important areas for nursery plant production – to discuss the HOMED-developed tools for the prevention and detection of tree pathogens. The event, organized by IEFC, was led by researchers from the Italian National […]



16 March 2022

Storms and Forest Storm Damage in Winter 2021-2022

After a period of relative quiet over the last couple of decades strong damaging winds returned to northern and north-western parts of Europe. A series of strong and even severe storms have caused a very large amount of damage across Ireland, UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland and Norway. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021%E2%80%9322_European_windstorm_season

Storm Arwen from […]



15 March 2022

An integrated approach to extreme wildfires in Europe

Experts from all over Europe join forces to build a more fire-resilient EU

The website of the Horizon2020 project FIRE-RES goes online today

Extreme Wildfire Events a major threat for the whole Europe, mainly due to the consequences of climate change. The areas affected by the phenomenon are experiencing fires that break records in terms of burnt […]



11 March 2022

Tree Failure During Strong Winds Measured for the First Time

Figure 1: Tropical cyclone activity in 2018 showing increase activity in the North Atlantic. From (Blunden and Arndt, 2019)

Wind damage to forests is a large and increasing threat in many parts of the world. In particular with the changing climate there is predicted to be an intensification of tropical cyclones with a northward migration to […]



9 March 2022

Pine Wood Nematode : december IUFRO expert groups conclusion

Last December the IUFRO organized the International IUFRO symposium on pine wilt disease (“PWD2020”).

This event was an opportunity to discuss the pine wood nematode and the damage that it causes.

Native to North America, the pine wood nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus was accidentally introduced in Asia where it causes severe damage to trees. Damage assumed to be […]



10 December 2021

A new version of the Silvalert application developed for the reporting of hylobius abietis in the Hylobe meta-project

The weevil (Hylobius abietis, L.) is the main pest of young softwood plantations in Europe and also in France. This insect wreaks havoc in pine, spruce, Douglas fir or larch plantations after clear-cutting. The most severe attacks in France are not surprisingly found in regions where planted coniferous woodlands predominate, especially along the Bordeaux-Metz diagonal. […]



20 April 2021

Maximizing forest yield and minimizing climatic risk factors

Sustainable forest management plays a key role in climate mitigation strategies. This is due to the carbon sequestration potential of forests and their provision of raw materials that can substitute materials with higher carbon footprints.



11 March 2021

REINFFORCE Arboretums: Sentinel devices against pathogens at the European level.

Between 2011 and 2013, thanks to the REINFFORCE project of the Interreg Atlantic Area programme, a collection of 38 arboretums with different origins from 32 different forest species was established along the European Atlantic coast (from Scotland to Portugal). The aim was to observe their growth, phenology and condition that different diseases and pests […]



23 September 2020

Assisting forest managers in assessing insect defoliation impacts

Gonipterus by jorapavi, Jose Ramon Pato – Flickr.com, CC BY-SA 2.0
Eucalyptus globulus Labill. plantations in the Iberian Peninsula occupy nearly 1.5 Million ha but Millions of Euros are being lost due to growth decreases caused by insect defoliation. The existence of tools capable of estimating the impact defoliation has on growth is crucial for helping […]