Biosecurity in natural forests and plantations, genomics and biotechnology for biosecurity in forestry

May 20 - 25, 2013, Brno and Cerna Hora, Czech Republic

Biosecurity in forests is determined by the risk of plant diseases and pests, especially invasive species spreading into forest ecosystems. Diseases of trees play a crucial role in forest biosecurity, since consequences of impacts on trees by pathogens may existentially endanger forest ecosystems. The preceding meeting of our working group at Montesclaros, Spain, was focused on what we regard as the main factor responsible for the increasing number of invasive pathogens in forests: the worldwide increasing trade with living plant stock. Our upcoming meeting in 2013 is dedicated to the chances of prevention and avoidance of fungal pathogens of trees and shrubs spreading into forests. Prerequisite for these chances is an improved knowledge of the pathogens, which is achieved by molecular biology, and here especially by research on the pathogens' genomes to enable a view on the pathogens role in its environment. In addition to this, a second emphasis should be laid on research on biological measures against invasive fungal diseases focusing on antagonistic species as well as on the practicability as well as the risk of their use in forests.

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