Huge amounts of plants and plant products are transported around the world every day. Trade and tourism involve the risk to introduce and spread plant diseases and pests. They can have devastating economic and environmental consequences once they have entered our agriculture, horticulture and forestry, or natural habitats of plants. Therefore, we aim to prevent the introduction and spread of high-risk pests in import, export and trade in the European internal market and to keep plants and plant products healthy.
Our institute conducts research and risk analyses to assess and diagnose the threat posed by pests and to develop risk mitigation measures. Furthermore, we coordinate measures to prevent the spread of relevant pests in Germany and ensure their uniform and effective application. Our scientists are also involved in the elaboration of regulations and standards at EU, national and international level with the aim to protect against the introduction and spread of harmful pests.
To cope with these tasks, we are in contact with many groups in society. We advise policy in Germany on phytosanitary issues and participate in national, EU and international committees to contribute with our expertise to the development and coordination of regulations and standards. Within Germany, as a central authority, we support the plant protection services of the Federal States in the application of phytosanitary measures. We provide information to operators that help them comply with phytosanitary requirements, and we raise awareness among citizens of phytosanitary risks and educate them about proper behaviour when travelling and shopping online.