At the invitation of Ms F. Petter (EPPO Assistant Director), FF-IPM project Technical Manager Mr Marc De Meyer participated at the meeting of the EPPO (European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization) Panel on Diagnostics in Entomology. This took place at EPPO headquarters in Paris (France), on March 3rd, 2020. On behalf of the FF-IPM consortium, Mr De Meyer presented the project to the members of the different National Plant Protection Organizations that were present (in situ or remotely by teleconference) at this meeting. EPPO diagnostic panel, as well as the individual national representatives, are an important end-user group for a number of the outputs of FF-IPM, in particular the diagnostic tools to be developed under Work Package 3 (WP3). It is intended that these institutions and researchers will be involved in the testing of the identification protocol to be developed in the WP3.
Mr De Meyer provided a general outline of the project and some more in depth information on the different types of diagnostic tools (morphological and molecular identification tools, tools for tracing origin). He also replied to several queries and comments of the panel. Further synergy was envisaged with activities initiated by EPPO and the diagnostic panel, in particular their development of diagnostic protocols for particular species of quarantine importance. It was decided that these specific diagnostic protocols needs an overarching diagnostic tool that would allow comparative recognition of all major species of quarantine importance. This fits within the activities planned by the partners involved in WP3.