Video Contest

Following publication of the qualified videos on 2021-02-01, jury members (from PBRI-AU, CFIA-CA, IAPSC-CM, APQA-KR, ESA-TN, CIHEAM-Int, EPPO-Int, Euphresco-Int) scored individually the videos based on two criteria: communication and originality. Additional criteria i.e. the social media interest and the age of the applicants were considered independently. On 2021-03-09, jury members met by teleconference, discussed the individual ranking and identified the winner and the four runners-up. The winner and the four runners-up, as announced at the closing ceremony of the IYPH2020 on July 1 2021 are as follows.

The winner (gold medal) of the video contest is Ms Shery-Ann Brown, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Jamaica.


Ms Shery-Ann Brown

Beating food scarcity: beet armyworm management in Jamaica by Sherry-Ann Brown, Jamaica

The video highlights a key pest, the Beet Armyworm Spodoptera exigua that affects the production of several crops in Jamaica. Research studies were conducted to better understand the biology of the pest and a number of strategies employed in its management.These strategies include chemical and biological control methods as well as a pest forecasting system for ealy detection.

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The silver medal of the video contest goes to (ex-aequo): Mr Richard Buggs, from the Royal Botanic Garden Kew, United Kingdom and Mr Kiril Sotirovski, from the Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia.


Mr Richard Buggs


Mr Kiril Sotirovski

Ash dieback: the devastating fungus by Richard Buggs, United Kingdom

Ash dieback is going to have a devastating effect on our landscape. We are doing research to understand how variants in the DNA of ash trees give some of them resistance to ash dieback. We are also asking whether natural selection is already acting to generate more resistant trees in nature. This research gives us optimism about the future of ash populations in Europe.

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Using a friendly virus to fight a deadly fungus by Kiril Sotirovski, North Macedonia

Cryphonectria parasitica (chestnut blight), is one of the deadliest plant diseases. In the 50 years following its discovery, the fungus killed about 4 billion American chestnut trees Castanea dentata. The fungus is a threat for sweet chestnut Castanea sativa throughout Europe as well. A virus that lives in the fungus can decrease its virulence, and can then be used for the control of chestnut blight.

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The bronze medal of the video contest goes to (ex-aequo): Ms Irene Cabal Blanco, from ClearDetections, the Netherlands and Ms Patrice Pitter, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Jamaica.


Ms Irene Cabal Blanco


Ms Patrice Pitter

The threats of Panama disease (Foc TR4) for banana cultivars by Irene Cabal Blanco, The Netherlands

The video is an introduction to the past of Panama disease and present methods to detect it.

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Research rescuing Jamaica's fine flavoured cocoa: frosty pod rot management by Patrice Pitter, Jamaica

This video gives an insight into the Frosty pod rod disease in Jamaica. It gives an overview about the disease in Jamaica, the associated symptoms, the spread, the impact, the current management practices and research activities geared at alleviating the prevalences of this disease in an effort to safeguard the Cocoa industry.

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The other videos that were submitted for the contest are presented below.

Fighting old and emerging olive pathogens by Manuel Anguita Maeso, Spain

The video shows the importance of olive xylem microbiome as a tool for biological control of its vascular diseases and it offers the main isolation and detection approaches of olive vascular pathogens.

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Divide and rule: cultivation of mixed varieties to consolidate sustainability of crop systems by Mathieu Bayot, France

In South-West China where farmers do not use any fungicides, rice is surprisingly well protected from epidemics. Researchers have found that one of the main diseases caused in rice by the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae is present in the plots, but the level of disease remains very low. The use of two varieties of rice have led to the existence of two specialist populations of fungus unable to fight on all fronts.

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WOOD LAB project: in defence of the forest and industry! By Luis Miguel Bidarra da Fonseca, Portugal

The video is focused on a scientific project, WOOD LAB, that brings together the scientific, industrial, and associative community to evaluate the efficacy of a wood treatment by vacuum pressure impregnation with wood preservatives, in order toeliminate the quarantine organism, pinewood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus), and other nematodes from Pinus pinaster wood.

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Integrated weed management in maize by Milan Brankov, Serbia

The video explains the influence of crop rotation and pre-emergence herbicide on weed control and maize production.

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Fruit fly Standards can help gain market access by Rui Cardoso Pereira, Austria

Fruit flies present a major challenge to international trade, because if they are detected in fruits, trade may be stopped. That is why a set of International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures on fruit flies has been developed and recently reorganized. Through the implementation of these standards, countries protect plant resources from fruit fly pests while ensuring the application of justified measures that facilitate safe trade.

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Mycosphaerella fragariae causing leaf spot strawberry by Jovana Cerovac, Serbia

A cartoon story on the symptoms, the disease cycle and the control measures, prepared as an informative and amusing video.

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Plant Health TV Moana parody by Hamilton Crockett, United States of America

A song parody of Disney's Moana 'How Far I'll Go' song, with a research twist.

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Solving the Late leaf spots disease challenge in Ghana through research by Benjamin Aboagye Danso, Ghana

The video briefly presents how Benjamin and his team are using pathological and plant breeding methods to develop new varieties of groundnut that can withstand Late leaf spots disease in Ghana.

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Swiss forest protection group by Vivanne Dubach, Switzerland

What does forest health and forest protection mean in practice? Take a look behind the scenes of our work. In this video, we show how multi-faceted forested protection is.The Swiss Forest Protection Group is part of the Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape WSL.

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Employing virome analysis to understand and manage emerging viral disease risk by Segundo Fuentes, Peru

The Andean region is the center of potato genetic diversity. Though not been extensively studied, it is believed that Peru is also the center of diversity for potato viruses. Scientists at the International Potato Center (CIP) used the small RNA sequencing and assembly (sRSA) technique to identify the viruses in potato samples collected in Peru.

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XylAppEU: an innovative field tool for the monitoring of Xylella fastidiosa in the EU by Stefania Gualano, Italy

XylAppEU is a new field application that uses Android tablet for normalized field data acquisition. The app has been developed in the framework of the EU H2020 project 'XF-Actors' for use in the whole EU territory. It facilitates and harmonizes the work of inspectors in the monitoring of X. fastidiosa by enabling accurate geolocalization and acquisition of data on plants and insect vectors from monitored sites.

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BioNeedit. How to develop a biocontrol product for apple canker management by Georgina Elena Jimenez, The Netherlands

Apple canker caused by Neonectria ditissima is one of the most devastating diseases in apple production. BioNeedit is a project carried out at Wageningen University and Research in which we are developing a new biocontrol product for apple canker management, selecting antagonistic microorganisms against N. ditissima through a stepwise screening approach.

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Our Xylella Christmas story by Magdalena Kovacova, Austria

Funny and original Christmas holiday story about the impact of one of the deadliest plant pathogens Xylella fastidiosa on olive oil. For Christmas, a young female researcher orders olive oil from a heavily Xylella impacted region, but the olive oil is not shipped because the olive trees were destroyed by the pathogen. The researcher asks for help from the BIOVEXO project consortium, that worked on the development of a bio-based pesticide against Xylella fastidiosa.

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Dispersal abilities of European vectors of Xylella fastidiosa by Clara Lago, Spain

Xylella fastidiosa is a bacterium of American origin considered as a major threat for several crops all over the world. Xylella is transmitted by sap sucking insects. In our research group we studied the dispersal abilities of these insects, and we found out that they are able to travel 2.4 km in the field, and up to 5.5 km under laboratory conditions. This knowledge will help to develop efficient means of control against the diseases caused by X. fastidiosa.

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Inside plant pathogens by Ilaria Martino, Italy

This video describes the different steps for the diagnosis of plant fungal pathogens. The use of rapid molecular diagnostic tools provides an early characterization of the pathogen, it allows its quantification both in symptomatic and asymptomatic plant materials and it is useful for the development of effective disease management strategies.

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Best4Soil - Soil health from research to practice by Vincent Michel, Switzerland

Presentation of the Best4Soil project, a thematic network for the knowledge exchange on soil health and methods to control soilborne diseases.

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Seed health testing by Marwa Moumni, Italy

Almost 90% of all the world’s food crops are grown from seeds. The majority of pathogens responsible of the main diseases on several crops can be present on seeds. Therefore, sowing healthy seeds of high quality is essential to improve crop yields and increase food production. Seed health testing to detect seedborne pathogens is a fundamental step in the management of crop disease.

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Plant doctors available to farmers during COVID-19 by Sunayna Nandini, Fiji

With COVID-19 wreaking havoc around the globe, a team of ‘plant doctors’ in the Pacific islands is finding new ways to help farmers diagnose and treat plant diseases.

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Plant protection laboratories Faculty of Agriculture (UNIBL) Republic of Srpska - Bosnia and Herzegovina #LabTour #IYPH by Petar Nikolic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

For the International Year of Plant Health we have published a video with the aim of promoting our activities.

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Spittlebug hunt by Ruby O'Grady, United Kingdom

A video to encourage people to get involved in a citizen science project to identify and record sitings of spittlebugs, vectors of Xylella fastidiosa.

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Plant growth promoting microbes in plant health management by Pascal Okoye, Trinidad and Tobago

Plant diseases cause severe losses in the production of vegetables like tomato, hot pepper, and lettuce. The control of plant disease with chemical pesticides has many negative impacts on human health and food safety. Our research proves that microbial biopesticides proffer a viable and cost-effective alternative to the use of highly hazardous pesticides in crop production.

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The best method against tipburn in greenhouse leafy crop by Margit Olle, Estonia

The video describes the best method against tipburn in greenhouse leafy crop.

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Protecting New Zealand from brown marmorated stink bug by Chandan Pal, New Zealand

The project combines the tools, techniques and strategies we use to protect New Zealand from biosecurity threats.

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The French Collection for plant-associated bacteria by Perrine Portier, France

Presentation of the activities of the BRC CIRM-CFBP, specialized in plant-pathogenic bacteria.

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How a new laboratory method saves trees by Anabel Ritter, Germany

The video explains two diagnostic tests for the Asian long-horned beetle Anoplophora glabripennis. The old method requires that the tree suspected of being infected with ALB is felled (destructive sampling) in order to extract the larvae for the genetic analysis. With the novel test, only the frass of the larvae is needed for the analysis.

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Vegetable grafting – An innovative method for building resistance in tomato plants against bacterial wilt disease by Johnny Smith, Trinidad and Tobago

The grafting of tomato plants on wild eggplant Solanum torvum offered resistance against bacterial wilt disease in tomato, thus protecting plant health.

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Novel way to protect Aotearoa NZ borders from biosecurity threats by David Teulon, New Zealand

On average, 12,000 full and 7,500 empty sea containers arrive at the Port of Tauranga with 1% and 12%, respectively, inspected for contamination by quarantine operators. Computer science and software engineering students from the University of Canterbury worked with B3’s AgResearch and Scion scientists to develop smart technology capable of rapidly detecting external contamination on shipping containers while not impacting on port operations.

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Biological control agents of the yellow sugar cane aphid, a serious pest on Mauritian pasture grass by Lalini Unmole, Mauritius

Biological control is the use of living organisms for the control of pests. It is a good alternative to chemical control and does not involve killing of pollinators and other beneficial insects. It does not lead to toxic residues on harvested produce and does not result into environmental pollution. This video gives a glimpse of biological control agents for the yellow sugar cane aphid, a serious pest on pasture grass, in Mauritius island.

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The impact of human activity on plant health in Sub-Saharan Africa by Richard Wyatt, United Kingdom

A short animated film from The CONNECTED Virus Network about the impact of human activity on the spread of plant disease in Sub-Saharan African countries, and the value of training in diagnostic techniques.

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Characterization of the diversity of Moroccan isolates belonging to Alternaria alternata species group causing black rot and brown spot in Citrus by Lamyaa Zelmat, Morocco

The video presents the diversity and the population structure of Alternaria spp. obtained from different infected Citrus trees.

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