9 AUG 2022

Last month, July 2022, entomologists from around the world gathered in Helsinki, Finland, to attend the XXVI International Congress of Entomology 2022: the northernmost location for the legendary congress dating back to 1910. Among the visitors, there were many HOMED researchers who were eager to share their latest results and learn from their colleagues’ work. The 6-day congress in Helsinki offered an outstanding, cutting-edge scientific programme. It covered over 150 symposia with...

12 JUL 2022

HOMED partners from the University of Padua produced an enlightening video about how everyday materials can be used to monitor ambrosia beetle’ populations. The video – created by HOMED members Dr Fernanda Colombari and Prof Andrea Battisti – demonstrates how with no more than 5-6 components, you can construct inexpensive traps, which can have actual impact. In fact, during a citizen science experiment in the spring of 2021, these traps were set in schools throughout the...

7 JUL 2022

On 29 June 2022, a panel of researchers, forest managers and plant health authority representatives gathered in Bayonne, France, to discuss the HOMED-developed tools and network for the early detection of tree pests. The workshop was organised by the IEFC, in collaboration with the INRAE, the UNIPD and the French Department of forest health. The Lazaret forest on the Adour river was purposefully chosen for the gathering, as it is located at the commercial port of Bayonne, which hosts many...

5 JUL 2022

Proposal for Nature Restoration Law  On June 22 2022, the European Commission adopted a momentous set of legislative proposals aiming to restore damaged ecosystems – from agricultural land and seas, to forests and urban environments. The proposal for a Nature Restoration Law comes as a response to the deep and prolonged degradation of ecosystems that has been documented in reports by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as...

17 JUN 2022

In May 2022, EIP-AGRI published the eighth edition of its Agrinnovation magazine - this time placing forests in the spotlight. "It is critical that we preserve our tree populations", Director-General Wolfgang Burtscher says, and to motivate stakeholders to do so, EIP-AGRI decided to tell the stories of some of the inspiring forest health advocates.  Here is what they had to say about HOMED: In the last few decades, a growing number of native and non-native pests and...

27 MAY 2022

When HOMED started in 2018, all partners had a clear goal in mind: to develop a comprehensive panel of scientific knowledge and practical solutions for the management of emerging native and non-native pests and pathogens (PnPs). Since then, inspired by the paraphrase of French President Chirac’s exclamation during the 2002 Earth Summit, "How can we sleep, while our forests are burning?", partners have been working tirelessly to achieve that goal.  To make sure their...

16 MAY 2022

A recent article on The Global Plant Council (GPC) recognises the contribution to policy-making the HOMED project has through its collection of policy briefs. The GPC is a coalition of organisations that represents the experts in the plant, crop, agricultural, and environmental sciences globally. The GPC, furthermore, aims to promote plant science across borders and disciplines, supporting those involved in research, education, and training with the overarching objective of increasing...

12 MAY 2022

HOMED’s overarching goal is to develop a comprehensive panel of scientific knowledge and practical solutions for the management of emerging native and non-native pests and pathogens (PnPs) threatening European forests. This comprehensive panel must consider the full pathway of PnPs invasion management – from assessment to control. An important step in this process is the creation of tools for rapid early detection, which allow stakeholders to stop an invasion before it even starts....

3 MAY 2022

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, organised by the IEFC (Institut Européen De La Forêt Cultivée), was led by researchers from the Italian National Research Council and was kindly hosted by the Giorgio Tesi Group, one of the biggest...

18 APR 2022

This press release has been published in EurekAlert! and in AlphaGalileo.  Over the last century, emerging diseases have progressively been recognised by the scientific community as the main threat to forest ecosystems. With increasing international trade and globalisation, the introduction of non-native species into new environments has exacerbated the problems of emerging pests and diseases worldwide. Additionally, other factors, such as climate change, further...

18 APR 2022

The saying goes that plants grow better if planted on Easter weekend...Whether this hopeful belief is true or not, we wish you a happy Easter and we hope it brings you a fruitful

11 APR 2022

A new research article, conducted in the context of HOMED and published in the EPPO Bulletin, presents recent records of two ambrosia beetles: Cnestus mutilatus, new for the European part of the EPPO region, and Anisandrus maiche, previously found only in Eastern European EPPO member countries. Both species are considered quarantine pests for the European Union and represent a significant threat given their ability to establish and spread rapidly in new areas thanks to human-mediated transport...

1 APR 2022

An effective framework for early warning and rapid response is crucial for the successful prevention and mitigation of the impact of biological invasions of tree pathogens. In this context, the IEFC and the Italian National Research Council are organising a demonstration workshop on the 28th of April in Pistoia (northern Italy) to present new prototypes for the prevention and detection of forest pathogens. Researchers will present several tools, amongst which are the portable LAMP and a...

23 FEB 2022

As part of HOMED’s work concerned with prevention and detection of emerging tree pests and diseases, the Royal Horticultural Society and Coventry University have developed a new citizen science project called 'Check a Sweet Chestnut'. Its goal is to empower citizens in the UK to identify and record local sweet chestnut trees, as well as inspect their leaves for signs of the invasive pest Oriental Chestnut Gall Wasp, and report it to the plant health authorities.  To...

9 FEB 2022

A collection of policy briefs calls to action for combating forest pests and pathogens through adopting new surveillance techniques, increasing tree diversity in forests, and fostering collaboration between pathologists and entomologists Invasive alien pests and pathogens are a challenge posed in front of forest managers in Europe and around the world. Invasions have a profound impact on forest ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people. The development of innovative efficient...

28 JAN 2022

Last Friday, 21 January 2022, HOMED held its third online workshop with PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. This edition’s topic was Science communication, the benefits and challenges related to it. HOMED communication and dissemination partners Pensoft Publishers presented best practices in science communication, along with useful guidelines on how to create impactful visual content. Following the presentation, PhD and post-docs shared their experience, concerns and vision...

28 JAN 2022

Photo: Green forest foliage, ©Getty Image, public domain This article focuses on a Future Brief published in the Science for Environment Policy newsletter from December 2021, titled "European Forests for biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation". Future Briefs are a series of horizon-scanning policy briefs, which provide an accessible overview of emerging areas of science and technology. The current Brief brings together the latest evidence on the...

22 NOV 2021

  Picture: Caliciopsis canker (Caliciopsis pinea) on loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). In addition to the first collection of HOMED practice abstracts published on the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) platform, as part of the promotional and dissemination toolset of HOMED, a second batch of four practice abstracts was added to complement the collection with most recent findings of the project, identified as useful for practitioners....

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4 NOV 2021

HOMED video on how readily available materials can be used to monitor ambrosia beetle populations 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 2021!