This multi-partner EU project is exploring the genetics, biology, epidemiology, vector ecology and economic impacts of four pathosystems that threatens strategic crops and forestry in the EU. These are: Xylella fastidiosa , Candidatus ‘Liberibacter solanacearum’, Hymenoscyphus fraxineus and new and exotic Phytophthora species.
This project is aimed at understanding and minimizing the risk of introduction and impact of major crop and tree pathogens that threaten Europe.
Specific objectives include:
- Anticipate and prevent the entry of new pests through improved surveillance and early detection tools (diagnostic kits, lab-on-chip, new biomarkers).
- Mitigate the spread of introduced pests and reducing socio-economic impacts.
- Develop sustainable solutions for outcome-based interventions.
Forest Research is involved in the part of the project related to emerging diseases of forests, with a focus on Hymenocyphus fraxineus (ash dieback} and new and exotic Phytophthora species.
Results so far
A technical workshop on ‘Emerging diseases of forest’ was held at University of Belgrade (Faculty of Forestry and Faculty of Agriculture) in Serbia on the 28th of September 2016. Researchers from Italy, Serbia, Sweden and UK gave presentations on a general overview of Horizon 2020-POnTE project, followed by specific talks on Xylella fastidiosa on forest trees and ornamentals, Hymenoscyphus fraxineus in Europe, the recently first detection of H. fraxineus in Serbia, Phytophthora spp. around the world and in forest ecosystems in Serbia.
A 3-day event (13-15 September 2016) was organised by Forest Research (FR) and SASA (Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture) as part of their participation in the Horizon 2020 POnTE (Pest Organisms threatening Europe) and Euphresco projects. The event was funded by DEFRA and was hosted by SASA at their base near Edinburgh, Scotland.
POnTE started the 1st of November 2015 and will run for 48 months.
Funders and partners
International Partners that make up the POnTE Consortium are
Forestry Commission policy
This research is in support government policies of sustainable forest management and are expressed in The UK Forestry Standard and its supporting series of Guidelines.
Relevant information about the project and the four pathosystems can be found at: http://www.ponteproject.eu/ It is part of European Commission, European Union Funding for Research and Innovation, Call (part) identifier H2020-SFS-2014-2, Topic SFS-03a-2014 Native and alien pests in agriculture and forestry