Researchers call for the harmonisation between forest pathology and invasion science
A review article recently published in the Neobiota journal provides an overview of the connection between the disciplines of forest pathology and invasion science. The paper, co-authored by HOMED researchers, is called "Harmonising the fields of invasion science and forest pathology". It stresses that there is an increasing interdependence between the two disciplines in terms of determining pests and pathogens which pose a threat to forest health.
The images at the top show myrtle rust caused by Austropuccinia psidii, while the images at the bottom depict ash dieback due to Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. Photos provided by Alberto Santini.
The authors of the article point out that due to technology development studying microorganisms as invasive alien species provides a basis for collaboration between forest pathologists and invasion science researchers.
Furthermore, the authors assert that collaboration between the two disciplines is necessary. In light of a recent call for pathologists and entomologists to work together in response to the rising threat to forests posed by invasive pests and pathogens, the authors of the review article advocate for the design of a unified framework inclusive of invasive forest pathogens, embedded in the philosophy of the "One Health" in global biosecurity.
Read the article here.