Viewing items from August, 2016

Close Cooperation of IPPC with Samoa for advancing a pilot of ePhyto

Posted on Wed, 31 Aug 2016, 14:28

Front row: Viiga S. Filemu, Peter Neimanis, Chinthaka Karunaratne, Pelenato Fonoti, Talei F. Moors, Sarai Tevita

Back row: Ferila Samuelu, Jacqualine Adams, Fiapaipai To'o, Letoa Pine, Shane Sela, Toleafoa Daryl Elisaia, Anoano S Vaai, Vaeve'a Vesi Ioane, Olive Jayto Alesana, Tanu Tufuga, Tovine Wilson

The IPPC Secretariat along with members of the ePhyto Steering Group (ESG) met with the Samoan Quarantine Division from 22-26 August 2016 in Apia, Samoa. Mr Shane Sela, the Project Manager for ePhyto, attended the meeting on behalf of the IPPC Secretariat. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the specifications of the ...

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SC November agenda posted!

Posted on Tue, 30 Aug 2016, 14:01

The next Standards Committee (SC) 2016 November meeting will be held on 14-18 November 2016 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

The public agenda can be viewed at

The provisional agenda has also been posted in the SC restricted area: To access the document, national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) and regional plant protection organizations (RPPOs) contact points need to first log in to the IPP.

The draft ISPMs that will be presented to the SC at their 2016 November meeting will be posted ...

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Invasion curve animation - Biosecurity Council of WA

Posted on Mon, 29 Aug 2016, 10:19

This Invasion curve animation will be useful to some for both teaching and awareness raising.

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The IPPC/APPPC Regional Workshop for Asia held in the Republic of Korea

Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016, 17:26

The IPPC/APPPC Regional Workshop for Asia on the review of draft ISPMs was held from 25-29 July 2016, at Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea. The workshop was organized by Regional Plant Protection Organization for Asia Pacific (APPPC) and the Government of Republic of Korea, with support of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). The workshop were attended by 36 experts from 18 Asia Pacific countries. The opening remarks was given by Dr Bong-Kyun Park, Commissioner of the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency.

The first agenda of the workshop was to updated participants on the CPM activities achievement presented by ...

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Global threats from invasive alien species in the twenty-first century and national response capacities

Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016, 11:26

Invasive alien species (IAS) threaten human livelihoods and biodiversity globally. Increasing globalization facilitates IAS arrival, and environmental changes, including climate change, facilitate IAS establishment. Here we provide the first global, spatial analysis of the terrestrial threat from IAS in light of twenty-first century globalization and environmental change, and evaluate national capacities to prevent and manage species invasions. We find that one-sixth of the global land surface is highly vulnerable to invasion, including substantial areas in developing economies and biodiversity hotspots. The dominant invasion vectors differ between high-income countries (imports, particularly of plants and pets) and low-income countries (air travel). Uniting ...

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Why Africa needs adequate plant surveillance

Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016, 11:10

To tackle devastating crop diseases, Africa should boost regional plant surveillance. The emergence of Tuta absoluta on the African agricultural landscape has rekindled pertinent questions regarding Africa’s capability to protect local agriculture and enhance international trade. The importance of being battle-ready on a grand scale rather than leaving those who are struggling to make daily lives take up arms against a pest they barely know about, is therefore not difficult to see. Thus, strengthening our national or preferably regional approach to plant protection could be key.

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Tags: Tuta absolutasurveillanceIPPCWTOSPS Agreementfood securitytradeprotect agricluturegovernment
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Scientists gear up to battle invasive species

Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016, 08:34

A research programme to tackle invasive species that kill plants and sicken animals is getting under way at the United Kingdom’s Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI). The programme, worth US$50 million, aims to find scientific solution that help farmers to either defeat or adapt to the presence of invasive species. The goal is to tackle the devastating economic impact of such species, estimated to be around $183 billion in lost crops and revenue in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia every year.

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Assessing and Managing the Current and Future Pest Risk from Water Hyacinth, (Eichhornia crassipes), an Invasive Aquatic Plant Threatening the Environment and Water Security

Posted on Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 15:11

Understanding and managing the biological invasion threats posed by aquatic plants under current and future climates is a growing challenge for biosecurity and land management agencies worldwide. Eichhornia crassipes is one of the world’s worst aquatic weeds. Presently, it threatens aquatic ecosystems, and hinders the management and delivery of freshwater services in both developed and developing parts of the world.

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Tags: Invasive Alien SpeciesEichhornia crassipesaquatic weed
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Most nations lack ability to deal with invasive species

Posted on Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 15:07

Most countries in the world have little capacity to deal effectively with invasive species, a study suggests. The spread of non-native species threatens livelihoods and biodiversity, but the issue is worsened by global trade, travel and climate change. They show that one-sixth of the world's land surface is vulnerable to invasion. In what the authors say is the first evaluation of its kind, the paper assesses individual nations' abilities to manage existing invasive species and respond to new ones.

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A floating threat: sea containers spread pests and diseases

Posted on Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 11:50

FAO has recently published a news article on its homepage on the issue of sea containers, being dealt by the IPPC.

Invasive species arrive in new habitats through various channels, but shipping, is the main one.

And shipping today means sea containers: Globally, around 527 million sea container trips are made each year - China alone deals with over 133 million sea containers annually. It is not only their cargo, but the steel contraptions themselves, that can serve as vectors for the spread of exotic species capable of wreaking ecological and agricultural havoc.

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Biosecurity – it’s everyone’s business. New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries is asking kiwis to join the conversation

Posted on Mon, 22 Aug 2016, 09:09

The Ministry for Primary Industries will be holding six hui and public meetings around the country during August and September, to give New Zealanders the opportunity to contribute to a national conversation about managing biosecurity risks to New Zealand.

At the meetings New Zealanders will be asked their views about how all New Zealanders can work together to keep New Zealand free from pests and diseases, because our lifestyles, our livelihoods, our environment, and the growth of our nation depend on it.

The meetings follow the launch of the Biosecurity 2025 discussion document by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan ...

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A successful Australian National Xylella Preparedness Workshop

Posted on Thu, 18 Aug 2016, 16:40

Plant Health Australia coordinated a National Xylella Preparedness Workshop held in Melbourne on 1 June 2016, funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

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Invasive species could cause billions of dollars in damage to the world's agriculture

Posted on Wed, 17 Aug 2016, 14:25

Invasive species, or non-native species that spread aggressively, can wreak havoc on ecosystem and economies all over the world. These species arrive as stowaways on boats, planes, pets, and in wooden crates.

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Five more IPPC Diagnostic Protocols newly adopted!

Posted on Tue, 16 Aug 2016, 11:29

The IPPC Secretariat is delighted to announce that on 15 August 2016 five more diagnostic protocols (DPs) were adopted by the Standards Committee (SC) on behalf of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM):

  • DP 13 Erwinia amylovora (2004-009)
  • DP 14 Xanthomonas fragariae (2004-012)
  • DP 15 Citrus tristeza virus (2004-021)
  • DP 16 Genus Liriomyza Mik (2006-017)
  • DP 17 Aphelenchoides besseyi, A. ritzemabosi and A. fragariae (2006-025)

These DPs have now been added to the suite of adopted diagnostic protocols, annexes to ISPM 27 (Diagnostic protocols for regulated pests). The development of these protocols is thanks to the dedication and commitment of ...

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