Welcome to Euphresco network

Euphresco is a network of organisations funding research projects and coordinating national research in the phytosanitary area. The overall goal of Euphresco is to support coordination and collaboration in the area of phytosanitary research, and to become a strong, long-term network of funders that fully incorporate existing and new members.

The rate of introduction and establishment of new plant pests has increased steadily over the last century as a result of expanding globalisation of trade, exacerbated by climate change. At the same time, European phytosanitary science capacity (taxonomy, classical plant pathology, etc.) has been eroding in the last decades, because they are no longer on the forefront of science priorities. This brought the plant health area to a state of emergency, as indicated by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization's Madeira statement (2004).  

In Europe, many of the phytosanitary policies, regulations and underpinning technical recommendations are determined at regional level, while the research that supports them is mostly funded and carried out at the national level. Coordination of such national activities is then vital to reduce the impact of plant pests on the economy, the environment and the health of citizens at the level of each country but more generally at European and international level.

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Latest news

Nature Plants publishes the article 'Science diplomacy for plant health': a shared vision for global phytosanitary research coordination. The article is co-authored by experts from the IPPC Secretariat, several Regional Plant Protection Organizations (including APPPC, CAN, COSAVE, EPPO, IAPSC, NAPPO, NEPPO, OIRSA, PPPO), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Cabi, Plant Health Australia (PHA), the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI), Better Border Biosecurity (B3) and several Euphresco members. The press release of the IPPC and the article can be viewed here. 2020-08-11 18:36
The Euphresco network for phytosanitary research coordination and funding and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies of Bari are pleased to launch a call for a video competition ‘Plant Health TV: Research that helps Plant Health’. Interested scientists are invited to submit a short video (less than three minutes) related to research that is conducted on plant health. More information is available here 2020-01-23 04:39
The vision for a Global surveillance system for crop diseases now published on Science. Publication in Science demonstrates the high profile that these topics have and the interest of the research community to collaborate on plant health shared challenges. Just the beginning of fruitful discussions having research and international collaboration as a common thread 2019-06-28 08:51