15 MAY 2020

A recently published paper reveals new approaches to minimise the impacts of invasive species in urban forests. An extensive urban forestry plan has been tested and implemented in Xiongan New Area (XNA), a new city in Hebei province, China. The city has been designated to serve Beijing’s noncapital functions and promote the integration of the broader Beijing–Tianjin–Hebei city-region. The paper is called New Approaches in Urban Forestry to Minimize Invasive Species Impacts:...

7 MAY 2020

HOMED researchers develop a rapid, simple, specific and sensitive loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP)-based method for detection of the quarantine fungal pathogen Fusarium circinatum (=Gibberella circinata).Fusarium circinatum is the causal agent of pitch canker, a lethal disease of pine and other conifers. Since F. circinatum is a quarantine organism, its timely detection could efficiently prevent its introduction into new areas or facilitate spread management in already infected...

4 MAY 2020

article by the Science for Environment PolicyAn early-warning system developed by researchers could help forest managers in Europe predict which trees are at greatest risk of barkbeetle infestation. The study looked at the probability of bark-beetle outbreaks on two important conifer-tree species in Slovenia: the Norway spruce (Picea abies) and silver fir (Abies alba). It found that high temperatures, and extreme weather linked to climate change - including droughts and ice storms - weakened...

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27 APR 2020

HOMED educational video on the Monitoring of insect species harmful to trees and forests(English version)  HOMED educational video on the Monitoring of insect species harmful to trees and forests(Italian version) A short video that showcases the main achievements of the HOMED project in 2020.HOMED wishes everyone a prosperous

24 APR 2020

In times of pandemic, HOMED partner organisation University of Padua releases an educational video on the Monitoring of insect species harmful to trees and forests. The video created by HOMED consortium member Prof Andrea Battisti together with his colleague Dr Fernanda Colombari provides an additional learning material for schools and universities in the field of forest and tree health. In this way HOMED supports the global trend for creation of educational resources during the coronavirus...

3 APR 2020

If you are a PhD student, PostDoc or a Master's student interested in understanding the biology and the epidemiology of emerging pests and diseases in temperature forests, apply for a five-day Summer school on emerging pests and diseases in temperate forests. The Summer school organised by AgroParisTech, INRAE, and the Université de Lorraine welcomes applications from all countries in the world to Nancy, East of France from 6 to 10 July 2020. Participants will learn how to monitor...

1 APR 2020

A Science Magazine article talks about ways to identify potential insect invaders, with the goal to avoid the harmful ecological and economic consequences that they are causing. The article mentions HOMED as an EU project adopting the approach of planting ‘sentinel trees’ from their own local regions in distant continents, and then observing attacking insects and pathogens. In this way, an early warning of which exotic pests are likely to cause damage can be acquired. ...

5 MAR 2020

Recently, a new paper on the Movement behaviour of two social urticating caterpillars in opposite hemispheres has been published in the Movement ecology journal. This is a step towards developing surveillance and delimitation tools for emerging and invasive pests and pathogens on trees and forest - one of the key goals of the HOMED project. To develop such tools, researchers first need to understand the behaviour of these organisms. Behaviour of pre-pupation processions...

13 FEB 2020

2020 HOMED research investigates whether invasive patterns of non-native insects related to woody plants differ between Europe and China. Forests are increasingly threatened worldwide by the establishment of non-native species arriving from other continents with globalization of trade and international travels. We compiled comprehensive lists of non-native insects associated to woody plants in Europe and China to compare their invasive patterns between these two regions. By 2019, a total...

1 FEB 2020

HOMED has newly conducted a study on the fast and reliable molecular methods for detection of fungal pathogenes in woody plants.Plant diseases caused by pathogenic microorganisms represent a serious threat to plant productivity, food security, and natural ecosystems. An effective framework for early warning and rapid response is a crucial element to mitigate or prevent the impacts of biological invasions of plant pathogens. For these reasons, detection tools play an important role in monitoring...

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...