PRATIQUE: the EU project on Enhancements of Pest Risk Analysis Techniques has now been launched
The new EU project called PRATIQUE (Enhancements of Pest Risk Analysis Techniques) was officially launched on 2008-03-01. This project funded by the EU under the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) is composed of 15 partners from 8 EU countries, EPPO, CABI, Australia, New Zealand, and subcontractors in China and Russia. This project will run for 3 years and brings together PRA analysts, phytosanitary experts, invasive alien species specialists, ecologists, economists and risk modellers.
The main objectives of PRATIQUE are:
- to assemble the datasets required to construct effective PRAs valid for the whole of the EU,
- to conduct multi-disciplinary research that enhances the techniques used in PRA,
- to develop an improved web-based, user-friendly decision support scheme for PRA (which will be hosted by EPPO).
PRATIQUE will produce PRA protocols, decision support systems and computer programmes. All project results will be independently validated by phytosanitary experts using a representative range of pests and invasive alien species.
Further information is available on the PRATIQUE website (still under development): www.pratiqueproject.eu
EPPO Secretariat, 2008-04.