PRATIQUE: ENHANCEMENTS OF PEST RISK ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES
The expansion in the global trade of plant material over the last century has led to a steady increase in the rate of entry and establishment of new, economically or environmentally damaging plant pests, diseases and invasive alien species. The threat is likely to further increase as a result of climate change and EU expansion. Recent examples of serious alien pests and diseases that have been introduced include the pathogen responsible for Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora ramorum) and the maize pest, western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera).
Pest risk analysis (PRA) is central to tackling these invaders since it not only provides a procedure to assess the risks of entry, establishment and impacts but can also be used to identify the most appropriate options for the prevention of entry and management of outbreaks.
PRATIQUE will address the three major challenges of PRA:
- The lack of sufficient data required to effectively analyse the risks posed by pests to all member states of the EU
- The need to assess risk and analyse management options in ways that are meaningful, reliable and take account of uncertainty
- The importance of ensuring the PRA process is efficient and practical for end-users
PRATIQUE has 15 partners. It brings together pest risk analysts, phytosanitary experts, invasive alien species specialists, ecologists, economists and risk modellers from eleven leading institutes from across the EU, two international organisations, one institute from Australia and one institute from New Zealand. Sub-contractors in China and Russia are also involved.