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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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Plant health newsletter: what’s on the horizon?

EFSA’s monthly round-up of plant health coverage in the media is now available on the EFSA Journal platform. The newsletter gathers together published articles and updates on plant pests that have been identified as potential threats to crops, forests and ...

18 September 2019
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Xylella update: still no cure, control measures crucial

EFSA has updated its assessment of the risks posed by Xylella fastidiosa to plants and crops in the European Union. The new assessment provides new insights and conclusions on controlling existing outbreaks of this pest and preventing further spread in th ...

15 May 2019
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Mixtures methodology equips EFSA for multiple chemicals

EFSA has developed a harmonised framework to use across its scientific panels when evaluating the potential "combined effects" of chemical mixtures in food and feed. The approach gives EFSA’s scientists the tools to follow a mixtures approach wh ...

25 March 2019
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Communications methodology a breakthrough for social science at EFSA

EFSA’s new approach to communicating scientific uncertainties was made possible by fusing the expertise of social scientists, natural scientists and communicators. The experts’ knowledge of social research on people’s understanding of uncertainties and th ...

16 January 2019
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Public consultation: Guidance on assessing high-risk plants

EFSA is inviting comments on its draft guidance for assessing plants listed as high-risk by the European Union. Last week experts from all EU countries approved a list of 39 plants that are deemed to be high-risk because they are associated with dangerous ...

17 December 2018
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Xylella: host plant database updated

EFSA has completed two pieces of work that substantially expand knowledge and understanding of Xylella fastidiosa, the plant pathogen that is attacking fruit trees and other plants in parts of Europe. The agency has published the latest update of its data ...

10 September 2018
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