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Webinar: Horizon scanning for plant health

The globalisation of trade combined with the boom in travel and movement of people mean that plant pests can travel from one side of the globe to the other in a matter of days. So how do risk assessors and plant health officers keep track of the pests of ...

12 May 2020
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Xylella: 37 new plant species added to host list

Thirty-seven new plant species have been identified as hosts of the Xylella fastidiosa pathogen. Most were naturally (not artificially) infected and were found both in EU countries (France, Italy, Portugal and Spain) and non-EU countries (USA and Iran). T ...

28 April 2020
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Protecting Europe’s plants: pest survey cards go digital

The first batch of EFSA’s plant pest survey cards are now available in an easy-to-use interactive format. Ten of the existing 28 cards – which are designed to help EU Member States plan their annual survey of quarantine pests – have been published as &quo ...

23 April 2020
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International Year of Plant Health: EFSA launches new website

To mark the International Year of Plant Health, EFSA has launched a special website highlighting the work it is doing with its partners to combat plant pests and protect Europe’s cultivated and wild plants. The website will be updated throughout the year ...

25 March 2020
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FAQ: phthalates in plastic food contact materials

EFSA has updated its risk assessment of five phthalates used in plastic food contact material. What are phthalates? Phthalates are chemicals used to soften (or ‘plasticise’) plastics used in a range of industrial and consumer products including plastic fo ...

10 December 2019
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Xylella fastidiosa: ‘Together we can find solutions’

“The whole EU territory is at risk from Xylella fastidiosa, and the more the scientific community works together on this issue, the quicker we’ll be to find solutions to tackle this pest.” That was how Claude Bragard, chair of EFSA’s Panel on Plant Health ...

30 October 2019
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Conference on Xylella fastidiosa: watch live!

The second scientific conference on Xylella fastidiosa begins in Corsica tomorrow (29 October), and you can follow it live on the EFSA website. Around 350 plant health specialists from around the world will spend two days discussing and debating the lates ...

28 October 2019
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Priority plant pests in the EU: 5 things you need to know

What are priority pests? The 20 pests on the list published by the European Commission in October 2019 are quarantine pests that have been identified as top priorities for EU Member States based on the severity of the economic, social and environmental pr ...

11 October 2019
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Plant health: EU prioritises 20 pests

The European Commission has published a list of 20 “priority pests” that present the most serious economic, environmental and social threat to EU countries. The list includes Xylella fastidiosa, the Japanese beetle, the Asian long-horned beetle, citrus gr ...

11 October 2019
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