HOMED – Holistic Management of Emerging Forest Pests and Diseases

Funder

HORIZON 2020

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 771271

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Value

€4,999,296.25 (Value to CAWR: €135,937.50)

Collaborators

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique; Alliance Forêt Bois; CAB International; Institute of Zoology; Chinese Academy of Science; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation; Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche; Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research; European Forest Institute; INRA Transfert; Instituto Superior de Agronomia; Mendelova Univerzita v Brne; New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited; Pensoft Publishers Ltd; Royal Horticultural Society; Sveaskog AB, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet; Telespazio; The University of Queensland; United States Forest Service; Università degli Studi di Padova; University of Pretoria; Wageningen University.

Team

Katharina Dehnen Schmutz and Samantha Green

Duration

October 2018 – September 2022


Project Objectives

Forests are the highest ranked land cover type in Europe. They provide numerous goods and services of benefit to people. In the last decades, a growing list of introduced non-native pests and pathogens have been causing dramatic losses to European trees and forests.

Adopting a holistic and multi-actor approach, HOMED aims to develop a full panel of scientific knowledge and practical solutions for the management of emerging native and non-native pests and pathogens threatening European forests.

At a scientific level:

  • Improve the understanding drivers for forest pest and predator emergence or invasion;
  • Provide quantitative and spatialized predictions on pest and pathogen introduction, establishment and spread;
  • Develop a generic framework for economic assessment of  pest and pathogen risk mitigation options;
  • Enhance knowledge on natural regulation of invasive tree or forest pests and pathogens;
  • Identify best options for eradication, containment and control of emerging or invasive pests and pathogens.

At a technological level:

  • Identify genetic markers for any new threatening pest and pathogen species;
  • Perform ground detection and surveillance;
  • Analyse images of pest and pathogen symptoms on trees sent by professionals and citizens;
  • Monitor pest and pathogen affected areas;
  • Develop integrated pest and pathogen eradication strategies;
  • Design advanced classical and conservation biological control methods;
  • Control pests and pathogens at an individual tree level.

At a risk management level:

  • Contribute to the prevention, detection, diagnosis, eradication or control of new pests and pathogens;
  • Aid for forest stakeholders to make the most appropriate response during the pest invasion and emergence processes;
  • Help choose the best options for the eradication, containment or control of emerging and invasive pests and pathogens.

Impact

The expected impacts contribute towards:

“Knowledge and solutions for understanding drivers for forest pest and disease emergence”

“Development of reliable tools for the prevention, detection and diagnosis, of forest plant pests and diseases”

“Reduction of economic losses by the forestry sector”

“Improved food quality and food safety”

“Implementation of EU plant and animal health policies”

“In the longer term, project outputs will help the forestry sector to remain productive and contribute to food security”

“New market opportunities, strengthening competitiveness and growth of new companies.”

 “Addressing climate change, environmental and societally important issues.”


For more information on this project, please contact Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz