Projects at SLU Risk assessment of plant pests

Last changed: 07 October 2019

Here you will find completed and ongoing major projects that SLU Risk assessment of plant pests is involved in.

Completed projects

Trade and production of plants and plant products in Sweden - A knowledge base for pest risk analysis

The overall aim of the project was to compile information to provide a knowledge base for the assessment of the economic consequences of new plant pests. Relevant information and data on the volumes of trade of plants and plant products that may provide pathways of introduction for invasive plant pests to Sweden and the economic value of plants at risk in Sweden was described. The project was conducted in collaboration with Greensway. Read the report here.

Ongoing projects

Risk ranking of regulated plant pests in Sweden

The aim of the project is to rank the regulated plant pests relevant for Sweden based on the risk they present. The model FinnPRIO developed by the Risk Assessment Research Unit at EVIRA in Finland will be applied also in Sweden. The assessments and risk ranking generated will provide support to the risk management performed by Swedish Board of Agriculture.

The work to collect and synthesize the information necessary to rank all the relevant plant pests will be performed as follows:

Valuation of ecosystem services and biodiversity associated with different tree species in Sweden

The aim of the proposed project is to gather and compile published data and information regarding the ecosystem services and biodiversity associated with the different tree species present in Sweden. The project is conducted in collaboration with Vitezslav Manak.

Identification of new pest threats to Nordic coniferous forests

The aim of the project is to assess the pest risks associated with trade of ornamental plants to the health of the Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish coniferous forests in present and future climates. A database of pests that could threaten major coniferous forestry species will be prepared. The main pest species of importance and the commodities that can act as pathway of introduction will be identified. The climate suitability for the pests will be assessed, based on the current climate and based on the future warmer climate. The project will identify which of the main pest species of importance potentially may fulfil the criteria to become regulated pests within the European Union according to the new EU regulation 2016/2031.The project is done in a collaboration between the risk assessment research unit at Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, Norweigan Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) and the unit for risk assessment at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). 

Project group: Mariela Marinova-Todorova (Evira), Juha Tuomola (Evira), Salla Hannunen (Evira), Micael Wendell (VKM), Daniel Flø (VKM), Johanna Boberg (SLU), Niklas Björklund (SLU).

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