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Every day, German ports and airports handle commodities arriving from all over the world or being shipped from there around the world. Thousands of trucks and freight trains cross the borders daily. Aboard are, among other things, ornamentals, fruit and vegetables or products made of wood. A large part of these goods is transported in wood packaging or delivered on millions of wood pallets. In addition, there is a lot of private travel.

In connection with the ever growing international trade and travel, it may happen that new harmful organisms that are a potential threat to indigenous plants are introduced – undetected and uncontrolled. The Julius Kühn Institute investigates the dangers posed by such non-native species to our cultivated plants. It reveals the pathways of their introduction, calculates spread scenarios, assesses risks and elaborates measures to prevent the entry and spread of invasive species. In it capacity as competent federal authority, the JKI fulfils numerous official tasks, which are described in more detail in our knowledge portal of plant health. The portal also addresses the German federal states, which find here up-to-date information on the numerous phytosanitary requirements and regulations in Germany, the EU and worldwide.

Our focus in key words:

  • alien species (neophytes, invasive species, quarantine pests)
  • phytosanitary regulations (national, EU, worldwide)
  • risk analysis and spread scenarios
  • export of plant products

XF-ACTORS has organized an educational webinar on the biology of Xylella fastidiosa vectors, held on July 10, 2019, which you can find here. https://www.xfactorsproject.eu/event/vectors-of-xylella-fastidiosa-in-europe-life-history-and-transmission-biology-webinar/

It focuses on an overview of the identified and potential vector species of X. fastidiosa in Europe, their life history, phenology and behavioural characteristics leading to X. fastidiosa transmission. These aspects has been covered by Dr. Daniele Cornara (ICA-CSIC, Spain) and Anna Markheiser (Julius Kühn Institute, Germany).

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