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Panama disease declared in Colombia
Published on
13/08/2019
On the 8th of August, ICA (Instituto Agropecuario Colombiano) has confirmed the presence of the devastating plant pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense, tropical race 4 (Foc TR4, or recently renamed as F. odoratissimum), in two banana plantations in La Guajira, Colombia. Strong quarantine and contingency measures were taken when the presence of the pathogen was suspected early this summer, and after the confirmation, the state of emergency has been declared in the country. This is the first report of the disease in South America, one of the most important banana producer regions worldwide, where the industry is key to their economy.   Further details in the links below: ICA (in Spanish): https://www.ica.gov.co/noticias/ica-amplia-y-refuerza-las-medidas-que-ya-venia-im Science (in English): https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/08/colombia-confirms-dreaded-fungus-has-hit-its-banana-plantations  
LEILA application: online platform for Anses inter-laboratory tests
Published on
13/08/2019
The inter-laboratory tests (ILTs) organised by Anses are now managed through an online tool: LEILA, accessible via the following link: https://leila.anses.fr.   LEILA enables to consult the list of the Anses ILTs (organised in the past, in progress, or open for registration). For more information about LEILA use and the creation of your laboratory account, please consult the user manual (start at page 40 for the English version).
Opening of the EURL for Insects and Mites website
Published on
01/08/2019
For decades, invasions of alien species into a new territory have invariably altered the balance of natural ecosystems and have had serious repercussions on areas of economic and social importance. National Plant Health Services first goal is to prevent the introduction and spread on the EU territory of potential harmful species, putting in place official measures immediately after the discovery of the pest within their borders. Therefore, being able to rely on the competences of Laboratories well trained for a prompt identification, is of paramount importance. On 1st of August 2019, the European Reference Laboratory for Insects and Mites (EURL for Insects and Mites) officially opens its doors and starts its activities. Designated under the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/530 of 27 March 2019, the EURL is composed by two partners: the Entomology and Invasive Plants Unit of ANSES Plant Health Laboratory (Montpellier, France) and the Department for Molecular Diagnostics of Plant Diseases of the AGES (Vienna, Austria). This consortium has been defined in such a way as to unite the broad knowledge of ANSES in the morphological identification of plant pests together with the diagnostic expertise of AGES in the molecular field. The main objective of the EURL-Insects and Mites is to coordinate the network of EU National Reference Laboratories (EU NRLs) to ensure accurate identification of regulated or invasive insect and mite species. In this frame, the work programme will include a number of activities and services aimed to the EU  NRLs, i.e.: ► Provision of guidance on methods of laboratory analysis, including validated reference methods; ► Provision of reference materials; ► Organisation of annual proficiency tests; ► Organisation of annual training sessions and workshops; ► Sharing of information and news, recent publications and forthcoming events; ► Provision of confirmatory identification of specimens. All this in order to improve the quality of the diagnosis and harmonise the diagnostic procedures at European level. A questionnaire will soon be presented to all EU NRLs in order to collect information on their expertise, facilities and available staff and their expectations for future EURL activities, such as their technical and scientific support needs. The EURL requests the kind cooperation of all EU NRLs to provide this important information. The EURL for Insects and Mites is pleased to welcome you, wishing the full cooperation of all EU NRLs in building a network at European level, able to meet the challenges that the diagnostics in the field of entomology will present in the years to come.
Website for EURL for fungi and oomycetes is opened
Published on
01/08/2019
The EURL for fungi and oomycetes website is operative from 26th of September 2019. The aim of this website is to be a source or information for the general public, as well as the meeting point for all European National Reference Laboratories (EU NRLs) in mycology. For this, a common working space has been created, called 'NRLs Workspace'. The main services available through the website are: General information about EU regulations about plant health. EURL missions and workplan for the current working period. NRLs network and contact details. Information about past and future trainings and workshops organized by the EURL. Organization of proficiency tests.  Information about the EURL fungal collection and request of strains. EU quarantine fungal pathogens list. EPPO and IPPC diagnostic protocols. Lists of validated and approved reagents for diagnostic purposes. EURL newletter.  
International Year of Plant Health 2020
Published on
01/08/2019
In 2018 the United Nations declared 2020 as the International Year for Plant Health (IYPH). The main aim of this initiative, lead by FAO and IPPC, is to raise awareness of the effects of plant health in poverty, hunger, as well as in environment protection and economic development. Seven key messages are the base of the IYPH initiative. Participation is open to all types of public with the organization of different activities, like a photo contest, different events at national and international level, featuring stories, activity books for children,... For more information and materials, visit the official website: www.ippc.int/en/iyph/   
EURL for Plant parasitic nematodes Workshop May 2020
Published on
29/07/2019
Online registration opening soon  
Opening EURL for Plant Parasitic Nematodes website
Published on
18/07/2019
Welcome to the website of the European Union Reference Laboratory for plant parasitic nematodes. The consortium between ANSES (France) and ILVO (Belgium) is designated as the European Union Reference Laboratory for pest of plant on nematodes. You will find on the site all the activities of the EURL and information related to the nematology. It is accessible to all members of the network. EURL activities officially start on the 1st of August 2019.
11th workshop for Rabies in Bucharest : a successful meeting !
Published on
17/07/2019
♦ 12-13 June 2019 ♦ The 11th annual meeting organized by the EURL for rabies was held on June 12th and 13th in Bucharest, Romania. The event brought together 65 participants, among which many scientists from Europe member states and cross-border countries, as well as personalities from international institutions who all met to share and exchange on rabies. Presentations and discussions focused mainly on epidemiology of rabies in Europe and in bordering countries, including North African countries, as well as on techniques on rabies diagnosis with a specific presentation analyzing the results and performances of the laboratories during the inter-laboratory tests from the previous year. Dr Marco Vigilato, from PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), invited as a guest of honour, shared his valuable experience with a presentation pointing out the lessons learned from Latin America and Caribbean on dog-mediated human rabies elimination. This presentation fitted perfectly with the recommendations and objectives of the official institutions attending the meeting (namely Dr Pedro Rosado Martin for the European Commission, Dr Patricia Pozzetti for OIE, and Dr Inma Aznar for EFSA), which aim at the elimination of human rabies in the world by 2030 and the elimination of the disease in wildlife from 2020. Thank you to everyone for making this workshop such a success !      
PT report multiantibiotic residues in milk (18OW)
Published on
12/07/2019
PT report 18 OW  

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