Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is an invasive alien tree species within the EU/EPPO region having been introduced from its native range (Asia and north Oceania) as an ornamental species. The species is widespread and is often seen growing in disturbed areas and along transportation networks.
The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) is a Standard setting international organization responsible for cooperation and harmonization in plant protection within the European and Mediterranean region and it is a partner within the Emphasis project. The research outputs from Emphasis on Ailanthus altissima (University of Torino) have been presented to the EPPO Panel on Invasive Alien Plants and it was recommended that an EPPO Standard in the series PM9 for National Regulatory Control Systems is developed for this pest within the framework of the project.
An Expert Working Group, financed by Emphasis, is taking place on 2018-11-12/14 in Paris where experts nominated by the National Plant Protection Organizations will meet to develop the international Standard.
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This short survey aims to learn more about how the practical solutions for pest surveillance, control and eradication developed under the EMPHASIS project address the needs of potential end-users.
The outbreaks of emergent plant diseases or insect pests are significantly increasing at an alarming rate due to climate change, global trade and other reasons. These plant health emergent problems are serious threats to global food security in this 21st century.