Alongside BGCI, who are coordinating the development of the IPSN, this 3 year EUPHRESCO project includes partners from a number of European institutes; all of which have extensive experience working within plant health. Between them these partners have a wealth of knowledge concerning global plant health and have worked both collaboratively and independently on similar research projects:
- The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) are leading the development of the IPSN which is funded, within the UK, by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). FERA specialises in the sciences underpinning agriculture for sustainable crop production, environmental management and conservation and in food safety and quality. Recently FERA have developed the UK Plant Health Risk Register which is used as a tool by government, industry and other stakeholders to prioritise action against pests and diseases which threaten crops, trees, gardens and countryside.
- The Julius Kühn Institut (JKI), Germany, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, is both a federal research institute and a higher federal authority. Its main office is located in Quedlinburg (Saxony-Anhalt). The Institute focuses on cultivated plants and consequently carries out research in the fields of plant genetics, cultivation of crops, plant nutrition, soil science, plant protection and plant health. This allows the JKI to develop holistic concepts for crop cultivation as a whole, ranging from crop production to plant care.
- The National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO), the Netherlands, works to safeguard and promote plant health from an international perspective. As such the organisation is responsible for the implementation of EU requirements for plant health, export phytosanitary certification requirements and planning of plant health checks, including supervision and audits of four General Inspection Bodies. This NPPO are responsible for Q-bank which serves as an identification and detection reference database for phytosanitary organisations: national plant protection organizations, general inspection bodies, and private laboratories.
- The Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest systems (DIBAF), University of Tuscia in Italy, is a multidisciplinary research and teaching department whose aim is the scientific innovation and technological processes of exploitation, conservation and the management of biological systems and forest resources. Other research topics relate to transformation processes and food safety, human health and environment chemistry, with special attention to environmental sustainability.
- CABI, UK, generates and increases access to scientific knowledge. It delivers change through development projects to improve crop yields, combat agricultural pests and microbial diseases, protect biodiversity and safeguard the environment, which enables the world’s poorest communities to feed themselves.
- Forest Research, Wales, provide research services relevant to UK and international forestry interests and inform and support forestry’s contribution to UK governmental policies. Forest Research provide the evidence base for UK forestry practices and support innovation. For information on Forest Research's work on preventing and controlling damage to Britain's trees from pests and disease please visit the Forest Research Tree Protection Webpages.
Plant Health institutes from within Europe are able, and welcomed, to join at anytime throughout the lifetime of the project and become EUPHRESCO partners. For more information please contact Ellie Barham (firstname.lastname@example.org).