Creation of a network in the area related to plant health
The Working Group "Plant Health" will facilitate the creation of a network of networks that will share information and increase capacity to respond to plant health threats in a changing environment. A network, for the purpose of this working group, is defined as institutions or countries that work together either through a formal agreement or terms of reference, on policy development or research in an area related to plant health.
Plant health is a broad and encompassing term and working group members have agreed to focus on the following four areas of plant health activities:
- Biovigilance/plant security (e.g. monitoring, forecasting and early warning, etc.).
- Tools, technologies and best practices (e.g. rapid detection systems, etc.).
- Data knowledge and information exchange (e.g. data sharing platforms, etc.).
- Discovery and innovation (e.g. basic research in plant biotic interactions, etc.).
Deliverable: Finalize roadmap
- Countries/organizations confirms their participation in the working group through email correspondence prior to the IBF 2nd Plenary Session (May 24, 2019).
- Seek additional membership in the working group through outreach activities to bilateral partners including the United Kingdom, Turkey and Australia.
Current Status: Completed
Deliverable: Establish governance/rules of the network
- Members conducts an internal mapping exercise of existing plant health networks.
- Elaborate on the research and policy areas of emphasis.
- Identify leads and steering groups for the areas of emphasis.
- Explore funding opportunities to support a workshop of experts.
Current Status: Ongoing
Deliverable: White Paper developed from the workshop of experts (2020).
- Coordinate the identified funding opportunities for a workshop of experts.
- Seek input from the relevant non-IBF stakeholders including the research community through a workshop of experts to facilitate the creation of a network of networks.
- Each Member identifies key areas of interest to engage in the network.
- Identify key questions for the network from basic biological questions up to operational goals.
- Discuss future coordination with the IBF Microbiome Working Group, the IBF ICT in Precision Food Systems Working Group and the IBF Forest Bioeconomy Working Group.
Current Status: Ongoing
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate General Research and Innovation (DG RTD)
Joint Research Centre (JRC)
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Better Border Biosecurity (B3)
Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (TBC)
Euphresco network for phytosanitary research coordination and funding
European Technology Platform Plants for the Future