According to the FF-IPM project schedule, stakeholders workshops were held in Greece on 10 December 2019 in Korinthos, and 13 December 2019 in Naousa’s “Deciduous Tree Institute”. Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Professor of Applied Entomology at the University of Thessaly and PM of the FF-IPM project, opened the Workshops with a short explanatory note to all participants:
“Trade of fresh commodities between distant geographic areas, movement of people between continents and regions, and changes in agricultural landscapes and global climate, all are contributing to the risk of expansion and introduction of exotic fruit flies, and other pestiferous organisms, into new areas. This situation is having and may have, important socio-economic consequences for agricultural producers and consumers. FF-IPM (“in-silico boosted, pest prevention and off-season focused IPM against new and emerging fruit flies”), supported by an EU Horizon 2020 RIA action, approaches the risk of fruit fly emergence and invasion by developing and incorporating new tools and concepts into a novel decision support system (DSS). The novel DSS is aimed to assist National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPO’s) to survey for more efficiently, and in the event of an incursion, to predict the population dynamics of fruit flies under different incursion management scenarios. In addition, the project aims to develop and validate novel Spatio-temporal optimization strategies for early detection system of fruit flies incursion. FF-IPM concentrates on three fruit flies (the Mediterranean fruit fly, the oriental fruit fly and the peach fruit fly) as model invasive and emerging pests.
We want to understand the challenges that NPPO’s and other biosecurity agencies are facing in managing plant health threats from invasive fruit flies. The aim of these workshops is to initiate direct consultation sessions with biosecurity risk managers to ensure that we fully understand the decision-making challenges that our research is intended to address through the provision of timely, actionable information and tools and techniques. This understanding will be used to refine our project implementation plans. We also hope that the relationships we build during these workshops will form the basis of ongoing dialogues throughout the project.
We greatly appreciate your contribution to the workshop.”