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....

28 OCT 2021

A recent research paper published in the open-access academic journal Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, titled "Forest Health in Italy: Learning From the Xylella Incursion" provides comments and suggestions to fill the gaps and improve the phytosanitary system in Italy based on the examination of the recent outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in the country. Figure: Forested areas in Italy (data from: "National Inventory of Forests and Forest Carbon Pools-INFC",...

27 OCT 2021

A new HOMED co-funded research was recently published in the open-access journal Neobiota. It examines the results from a survey which aims to study the perception and knowledge of foresters and other stakeholders on the health status of European oak forests affected by oak lace bug (OLB) and to investigate what forest health management measures would be acceptable to these target groups. 2084 people from nine European nations filled out the survey questionnaire: Austria, Croatia, Belgium,...

6 OCT 2021

The European Commission’s news alert service Science For Environment Policy has issued its latest newsletter with an article  titled "A new approach for simulating potential impacts of fungal, insect and mammal pests on European forest ecosystems". Figure 1: European Gypsy Moth; source - gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K The researchers created "BITE", (the Biotic disTurbance Engine), which predicts the impacts, and dynamics of pests...

30 SEP 2021

More than 50 project partners gathered between 13 and 17 September 2021 to mark the successful ending of the third year of the HOMED project. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the third annual meeting of HOMED was also held online. As the four-year project enters its final stage of development, the third HOMED AGM is the last regular annual meeting of the project consortium. Within the five conference days, working group teams of scientists and experts discussed project achievements, research...

17 SEP 2021

The HOMED collection of policy briefs is expanding with yet another research-based recommendation! The third HOMED policy brief is called "Tree Diversity and Forest Resistance to Insect Pests: Prospects for Forest Pest Management". It is based on the article by HOMED researchers Hervé Jactel, Xoaquín Moreira and Bastien Castagneyrol "Tree Diversity and Forest Resistance to Insect Pests: Patterns, Mechanisms and Prospects" which was...

13 JUL 2021

The European Commission’s news alert service Science fFor Environment Policy has issued its latest newsletter under the title "Towards sustainable agriculture: study identifies biodiversity-friendly alternatives to conventional wheat crop management, Germany". The text is based on an article by Redlich, S., et al., called "Sustainable landscape, soil and crop management practices enhance biodiversity and yield in conventional cereal systems.", published in the Journal...

9 JUL 2021

The long list of herbivorous insect species associated with oak has a newcomer - a small bug from the Tingidae family. Its name is Corythucha arcuata, more commonly known as the oak lace bug. The full news piece is written by the PhD ecology researchers Bastien Castagneyrol and Alex Stemmelen, which are part of INRAE, the coordinating institution of the HOMED project. Image taken from theconversation.com Corythucha arcuata is a small bug 3-4 mm long, recognizable by its ruff. The...

8 JUL 2021

The European Commission’s news alert service Science for Environment Policy has issued its latest newsletter on the topic "Trees at the edge: species respond differently to climate changes at hot and cold range edges". The text is based on an article by Kunstler et al., called "Demographic performance of European tree species at their hot and cold climatic edges", published in the Journal of Ecology. Due to climate change, there is a concern over how plant...

7 JUL 2021

A conference proceedings paper from the 1st International Electronic Conference on Entomology recently published in the MDPI journal features a new predictive model and its validation. The paper called "Generic Model to Predict the Outbreak of Insects in European Forests" presents a new generic model for predicting insect outbreaks in forests. Figure 1.  The four type of functions fi used in the model.   Researchers Dorian Collot and Christelle Robinet of...

6 JUL 2021

The second HOMED policy brief is called "Fostering collaboration between pathologists and entomologists for better management of forest pest and pathogen invasion". The brief provides recommendations to policy makers on development of science-based guidelines for sustainable management improving forest resistance and resilience. It is based on a statement prepared by the HOMED project consortium on the occasion of the International Year of Plant Health (2020) and published...

10 JUN 2021

A research article recently published in the NeoBiota journal presents an investigation of long-term data on classical biological control (CBC) practices in the Western Palearctic. The paper called "Classical biological control against insect pests in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East: What influences its success?" reveals that the success of CBC in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East is rarely dependent on the released biological control agent. They establish that other factors...

8 JUN 2021

A research article recently published in the Forest Ecology and Management journal presents an overview of the biological control method applied to forest management. The paper called "Biological control of emerging forest diseases: How can we move from dreams to reality?" provides insight into the advantages of the application of biological control of emerging forest diseases in combination with other sustainable management strategies. Figure 1. Main factors of regulation of fungal...

2 JUN 2021

On Friday, 28 May 2021, HOMED held its second quarterly online workshop for HOMED PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. The idea of the workshop, as well as a number of means to intensify young researchers' involvement, was raised during the last HOMED annual meeting, held between 23-27 November 2020. The first workshop took place on 26 February 2021. The main aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for discussion between young researchers involved in the project and renowned...

16 APR 2021

A research article recently published in MDPI Forests journal presents the LAMP tool for rapid detection of tree pathogens causing needle blight. The paper called "Rapid Detection of Pine Pathogens Lecanosticta acicola, Dothistroma pini and D. septosporum on Needles by Probe-Based LAMP Assays" provides insight into the advantages that the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for the rapid and early detection of pathogens L. acicola, D. pini and D. septosporum. ...

26 MAR 2021

A peer-reviewed preprint article recently published on the BioRxiv platform presents the results of a study on the host-plant competition between conspecific insect herbivores. The paper called "Host-mediated, cross-generational intraspecific competition in a herbivore species" provides the results of a study on tree moth females (Cydalima perspectalis Walker, Lepidoptera: Crambidae) exposed to box trees (Buxus sempervirens L., Buxaceae).          ...

22 MAR 2021

Results of the HOMED project were presented at the Innovative approaches for territorial surveillance event organised by the Working Group on Plant Health Surveillance, co-organized by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE). The event was held on 18 March, where 58 participants, two official representatives from each EU country and EC agents, gathered to...

5 MAR 2021

On Friday, 26 February 2021, HOMED held its first quarterly online workshop for HOMED PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. The idea of the workshop, as well as a number of means to intensify young researchers' involvement, was raised during the last HOMED annual meeting, held between 23-27 November 2020. The main aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for discussion between young researcchers involved in the project and renouned HOMED senior scientists who can provide...

1 MAR 2021

A special feature article recently published in the The Royal Society Biology Letters journal presents a study on caterpillar response to polarized light through the caterpillar organ responsible for polarized light vision. The paper called "Spatial orientation of social caterpillars is influenced by polarized light" presents information about experimental research performed on two caterpillar species, namely the European Thaumetopoea pityocampa, and Ochrogaster lunifer in...

21 JAN 2021

The year that passed was not an easy one, however the HOMED project team managed to cope with the difficulties of the extraordinary situation of a global pandemic, and amazing project results were achieved in 2020!     The HOMED project wishes everybody a prosperous 2021!