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The Austrian Research centre for Forests is a well known partner in international projects. The federal institution aims for an enhancement of multidisciplinary research, education across borders and holistic approaches to address today’s forestry challenges and needs.

POnTE - Pest Organisms Threatening Europe

EU agriculture and forestry industries are increasingly threatened by alien and native pests. Global trade of plants and plant products eases the entry and spread of alien pests and disease agents. The Horizon 2020 project PoNTE investigates genetics, biology, epidemiology, vector ecology and economic impacts of main pathosystems, threatening strategic crops and natural landscapes in the EU.

Duration 01.11.2015 - 31.10.2019
Partners Italian National Research Council, University of Bari Aldo Moro, French national institute for agricultural research, French agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety, Valencian institute for agricultural research, Spanish national research, Scottish government, Forestry commission research agency, Natural resources institute Finland, Wageningen University, Norwegian institute of bioeconomy research, University of Costa Rica, Agricultural research organization of Israel, University of Belgrade, Certis Europe B.V., Aurea Imaging BVBA, Vilmorin SA, Loewe Biochemica GmbH, Phytophthora research and consultancy, Acli Facale agricultural cooperative society, Agritest SRL, Citoliva foundation, innovation and technology center for olive farming and olive oil, Agricultural villena cooperative, A L Tozer LTD
Sponsor European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (project number 635646)
Thomas Cech, Department for Forest Protection


RESIPATH - Public perception on invasive pathogens across Europe

An efficient response from society to mitigate the impact of invasive pathogens depends on the public perception and the communication between researchers and stakeholders. The project investigates how the public perceive invasive pathogens in Austria, Sweden, Norway, France, Bulgaria, Portugal and Turkey. Specifically, how mass media messages influence citizen opinions and how public perceptions are related to objective data.

01.01.2014 - 30.06.2017
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU; AgroBio Institute Bulgaria; ANSES - French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety; Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA); Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO);  Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research Plant Health and Plant Protection Division; University of Algarve, Faculty of Sciences and Technology; Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya; Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) Belgium; Julius Kühn Institute; Plant Protection Central Phytopathology, Turkey
Sponsor FWF – Der Wissenschaftsfonds
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