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FP6

EUPHRESCO

Coordination of European Phytosanitary (Statutory Plant Health) Research

Start date 1 May 2006
End date 31 July 2010
Duration 51 months
Programme acronym FP6-COORDINATION
Website www.euphresco.net
Total costs 2,633,991
Contribution by EC 2,633,991
Coordinator
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Food and Environment Research Agency
Contact person Baldissera Giovani
Participants
Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety
Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research
Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment
National Plant Protection Service
Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment - Agricultural Research Institute
Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries - Directorate for Food, Fisheries and Agri-business
Ministry of Agriculture And Forestry
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - General Food Directorate DGAL
French National Institute for Agricultural Research
Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Julius Kühn Institute Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Netherlands Plant Protection Service
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology
Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Education and Research - Federal Office for Agriculture
General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Food and Environment Research Agency
Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic
Observers
Directorate-General for Crop Protection
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development - Department for Plant Protection and Soil Conservation
Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
Ministry of Rural Affairs
Ministry of Rural Affairs and the Environment - Plant Health Department
Ministry of Rural Development and Food - Department of Phytosanitary Control

Participants

23

Countries

17

Calls

1

Projects

15

Objective

EUPHRESCO is a project focused on research policy development and implementation in the field of statutory and emerging plant pests, diseases and invasive species (excluding GMO’s). Statutory plant pests and diseases can cause serious economic and environmental damage and today there are multiple threats to plant health that must be addressed. Over the last century, the rate of introduction and establishment of new, economically or environmentally damaging plant pests and diseases has increased ...

EUPHRESCO is a project focused on research policy development and implementation in the field of statutory and emerging plant pests, diseases and invasive species (excluding GMO’s). Statutory plant pests and diseases can cause serious economic and environmental damage and today there are multiple threats to plant health that must be addressed. Over the last century, the rate of introduction and establishment of new, economically or environmentally damaging plant pests and diseases has increased steadily as a result of the expansion in global trade of plant material. Unfortunately, this has also simultaneously opened the door to unwanted imports such as foreign pests, disease and invasive plant species which threaten agriculture and the environment alike. Whilst the regulatory policy designed to protect European agriculture and environment from these exotic pest threats is determined at the EU level, the research that underpins this policy is undertaken primarily at the national level and there is little coordination of these programmes. Increased global trading and continued enlargement of the EU are likely to increase the risks from exotic plant pests and pathogens. Improved coordination and collaboration between national research programmes is therefore essential to ensure effective support of EU policy and its implementation. EUPHRESCO’s broad aim is to increase cooperation and coordination of national phytosanitary (statutory plant health) research programmes at the EU level through networking of research activities and joint activities (e.g. transnational research commissioning) between national programmes. It has three over-arching strategic goals: • to develop phytosanitary (statutory plant health) research policy at the EU-wide level; • optimise the research provision that underpins EU quarantine plant health policy development and policy implementation; • increase the capacity of European phytosanitary science and research, in order to prevent the disappearance of EU expertise in this field and maintain Europe’s competitiveness in the global market. Whilst bringing together all existing and future key players EUPHRESCO will support the development of common agendas based on identified, shared priorities. It will help create a long-term, sustainable network of phytosanitary research programme funders and improve the interaction with stakeholders and industry bodies at national and EU levels. It will help build a European phytosanitary research capacity and establish links between the Network and key research funding bodies around the world.

Mapping

Seventeen countries and 24 participants (all funding and/or managing phytosanitary research programmes) are involved in EUPHRESCO: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey, United Kingdom. All the participants except one entered a total of 35 different programmes and 260 phytosanitary research projects. The current annual budget for nationally-funded phytosanitary research in 20...

Seventeen countries and 24 participants (all funding and/or managing phytosanitary research programmes) are involved in EUPHRESCO: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey, United Kingdom. All the participants except one entered a total of 35 different programmes and 260 phytosanitary research projects. The current annual budget for nationally-funded phytosanitary research in 2007 was about EUR 15.72 million; EU-funded research was estimated at about EUR 1.2 million per year on average, so national funds accounted for over 90% of the total phytosanitary research funding. Strengths, weaknesses, overlaps, gaps and opportunities were analysed. Most national programmes undertook very applied research, which was potentially both a strength and a weakness. Pooling resources might allow more effective commissioning of such applied research as well as providing opportunities for more strategic or fundamental research. Some potential overlaps were identified, highlighting opportunities for reducing duplication of work and optimising resources. In general, there was a good balance between the pest groups studied, though invasive alien species (especially invasive plants) were under studied, as were environmental plant health issues. Clear benefits of better coordination of phytosanitary research at the European level were identified and potential strategies for achieving this were considered. Due to relatively limited national budgets, there was a continuing need for EU funding of phytosanitary research, especially for more-larger and more-strategic projects. There was a clear need to coordinate nationally-funded research, transnational research (via EUPHRESCO) and EU-funded research to make best use of resources and to support EU Plant Health policy. Management of the programmes and projects was described for each participant through various project initiation stages: project proposals/applications; evaluation of proposals; project management; and research contracts. Most of the public governmental and non-governmental research providers were listed for each country. Information for future transnational activities was also collated, especially the potential barriers to transnational activities and initial ideas on future research priorities. The mapping also tried to gather information from non-partner countries, mainly countries from EPPO and not involved in EUPHRESCO. Four countries provided consistent data: Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine. Morocco partially completed the questionnaire, but only the section regarding future research priorities. From these non-partner responses, 11 programmes and 72 projects were identified. Future research priorities were also provided for these non-partner countries. In conclusion, phytosanitary transnational research activities were almost non-existent in Europe, except through EU-funded phytosanitary projects, at the start of the EUPHRESCO-I ERA-NET Project. EUPHRESCO therefore has a clear opportunity to: facilitate cooperation through its current and future activities; optimise the use of national resources through sharing information, reducing duplication and pooling funds; build phytosanitary science capability and capacity; and better support European phytosanitary (Plant Health) policy.

Joint Calls

Call Launch date No. of funding agencies No of projects funded Call budget
EUPHRESCO I - 2008 0 17
 
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