EPPO or The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization are an intergovernmental organization that is responsible for European cooperation in regard to the issue of plant protection in the European and Mediterranean region. In this article, we will discuss some information pertaining to EPPO.
EPPO was founded in 1951 with 15 members, since this founding time EPPO has expanded to include 50 member countries, including nearly every country in the European and Mediterranean region. The noble aims of this organization are as follows:
In the agriculture, forestry and the uncultivated environments plants sought for protection.
- To develop an international strategy to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful plant pests that damage cultivated and wild plants, in natural and agricultural environments.
- To encourage harmonization of phytosanitary regulations and all other areas of official plant protection action.
- To promote individuals to enact modern, safe, and effective pest control methods.
- To provide a documentation service on plant protection.
EPPO publishes their ideas/thoughts in various forms; This is the EPPO Bulletin, EPPO Standard, EPPO Reporting Service, Quarantine Pests for Europe, EPPO Standards on Efficacy Evaluation of Plant Protection Products, EPPO Plant Protection Thesaurus (EPPT), PQR, EPPO Database on Diagnostic Expertise, Phytosanitary Regulations Service, and the EPPO Web Site www.eppo.intwww.eppo.int.The EPPO bulletin is a journal that is published three times a year. This journal contains invited or submitted papers on topical, scientific subjects, new or unusual pest reports; papers presented at EPPO Conferences and EPPO standards.
EPPO Reporting Service is a monthly report that details information on events of phytosanitary concern. These include information about outbreaks, brand new records, and new methods in relation to plant protection.
Quarantine Pests for Europe is a textbook that provides information on regulated pests in Europe. This information encompasses the following areas, identity, geographical distribution, host plants, biology, detection and identification, and phytosanitary risk.
EPPO Plant Protection Thesaurus is a free web-based database that includes the scientific names, synonyms, common names in many languages, EPPO codes and some elements of taxonomy on agricultural and crop-related organisms.
PQR is an online information service on Plant Quarantine in relation to scientific and common names of quarantine pests, their host plants and geographical distribution.
There are many EPPO Technical bodies in existence that are working to achieve the aforementioned aims. These are split into two categories Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulation, and Working Party on Plant Protection Product. Below we have listed some of these EPPO technical bodies:
Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulation:
- Panel on phytosanitary measures
- Panel on CPM affairs
- Panel on quarantine pests for forestry
- Panel on phytosanitary treatments
- Panel on bacterial diseases
- Panel on PRA development
- Panel on diagnostics and quality assurance
- Panel on entomology
- Panel on phytosanitary procedures
- Panel on safe use of biological control
- Panel on phytosanitary measures for potatoes
- Ad hoc Panel on nematodes
- Ad hoc Panel on Invasive Alien Species
Working Party on Plant Protection Products
- Panel for the efficacy evaluation of fungicides
- and insecticides
- Panel for the efficacy evaluation of herbicides
- and plant growth regulators
- Panel on general standards on efficacy
- Resistance Panel on Plant Protection Products
- Panel on environmental risk assessment of
- plant protection products
- Panel on good plant protection practice
- Panel on rodent control
Tips and comments
The PQR database can be downloaded free of charge from the EPPO website.