Release of the new PQR database (version 5.0)
PQR is the EPPO database on quarantine pests which provides information on their host plants, geographical distribution, and pathways that are liable to cause spread. After four years of IT development, a completely new version has just been released and can be freely downloaded from the EPPO website (together with instructions on how to install the new software and a user’s guide).
A major revision is that the new PQR interface allows the EPPO Secretariat to revise the database contents whenever necessary (almost in ‘real-time’). Therefore it will no longer be necessary to wait for the release of a new version to view updated information. Many new features such as dynamic maps showing the world distribution of quarantine pests, active links to the EPPO Reporting Service articles, and photos have been incorporated into the new PQR. New tools have also been added in order to allow the users to print and export the results of their searches (e.g. maps, lists of distribution or host plants) according to their particular needs.
EPPO Secretariat (2011-09).