15 JAN 2020

The mobile app Vigil’Ink developed within HOMED enables citizens to detect the chestnut ink disease (CID) - the most damaging disease for chestnut trees. Vigil’Ink applies a new approach to advance ecology, education and conservation, as it allows the public to participate in tree health preservation. Its broad functionality lets citizen scientists diagnose the disease, characterize pathogens, describe their biology and in this way actively take part in sustainable crop...

13 JAN 2020

A recent HOMED paper studies the establishment of non-native forest insects in urban forests. Study results show that urban trees are main facilitators for the establishment of non-native forest pests and recommends high involvement of citizens in the surveillance of forest health.Cities, due to the presence of ports and airports and the high diversity of trees in streets, parks, and gardens, may play an important role for the introduction of invasive forest pests. Researchers hypothesize that...

3 DEC 2019

Around 50 project partners met up in Padova, Italy, between 27 and 29 November 2019 to mark the successful ending of the first year of HOMED. Active discussions and great team spirit were key for the productive planning of the upcoming actions in 2020.  Seven teams of scientists, forestry and communication experts discussed the future path of the project, combining different aspects such as research actions, stakeholder engagement and project dissemination. Special attention was...

13 NOV 2019

Are you interested in tree health? Do you want to help develop better tools for the reduction of pests and pathogens in European forests?  Make your contribution!   The newly launched HOMED survey concerns the detection and management of emerging forest pests and diseases throughout Europe, and is open to anyone with an interest in these topics. We want to hear your voice!This questionnaire aims to identify your concerns and experiences regarding emerging forest pests and...

21 OCT 2019

More than 3000 scientists from all over the world gathered in Curitiba, Brazil, from 29 September to 5 October 2019, for the 25th IUFRO World Congress. Experts addressed all aspects of forest research, with the aim to advance knowledge of forest ecosystems. Several sessions in particular addressed the theme of biological invasions, their importance, their causes, and the means of preventing or combating them. HOMED partners participated in or organized these sessions, in order to...

18 SEP 2019

Call for papers and participation in an International Conference When? 22-25 September 2020 Where? Saint-Louis, Senegal The Gaston Berger University (UGB) and the West African Networks on Biological Invasions of the French Institute of Research for sustainable Development (IRD) are pleased to invite you to the International Conference "Invasive species and associated socio-environmental issues" in September 2020 at the Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis,...

9 JUL 2019

Apply until the 10th July 2019 for HOMED-related post-doctoral position at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the Forest Zoology Research Unit, Orléans, France (URZF). Don't miss the chance to work on pest risk modelling and develop a generic model for the emergence of forest pests and pathogens, and costs-benefits of risk mitigation. All relavant information is available

19 APR 2019

Post-doctoral position (22 months) in pest risk modelling atINRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) URZF (Forest Zoology Research Unit, Orléans, France) The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the Forest Zoology Research Unit, Orléans, France (URZF) are looking for a post-doctoral researcher who will work within HOMED. The goal of the project is to develop a full panel of scientific knowledge and...

17 APR 2019

A newly published FAO document aims to provide a guide to biological control of insect pests in planted and natural forests. The publication looks into the "why" and "how" of classical biological control in forestry, while also addressing the potential risks associated with such programmes.  Résumé: Insect pests damage millions of hectares of forest worldwide each year. Moreover, the extent of such damage is increasing as...

27 MAR 2019

HOMED scientists from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia took part in an Open Class organised by the institute, titled: "Insects in the Cities: the good and the bad!". The event which ran on 1 March 2019 was addressed to the general public and more specifically all interested in matters related to the Management of Urban Green Spaces. Three main topics were presented and discussed at the Open Class:  What if insects become part of your diet? - Elsa Borges da...

3 DEC 2018

Project coordinator Hervé Jactel presented HOMED at the French Academy of Agriculture on 28 November in Paris, France. The main focus of the event were factors which favor the introduction and establishment of new species of forest pests and pathogens. On the one hand, the circulation of goods and people between all countries of the world intensifies. On the other hand, climate change favors the establishment of species previously unable to survive in...

26 NOV 2018

HOMED: "Holistic management of emerging forest pests and diseases" adopts a multi-actor approach with the goal to develop a full panel of scientific knowledge and practical solutions for the management of emerging native and non-native PnPs threatening European forests. Over 50 scientists, experts and stakeholders of 21 partner organisations met for the project’s official kick-off from 20 to 22 November in Bordeaux, France, to mark the beginning of a four-year research...