Project: Responses of European Forests and Society to Invasive Pathogens.

Invasive alien species pose a serious global threat to biodiversity by competing with native organisms for limited resources and by their ability to modify entire landscapes. Invasions of forest pathogens generally occur at a large scale affecting tree species with a widespread distribution in Europe. RESIPATH will work on tree species currently threatened by different invasive pathogens (i.e . elm, ash, alder and oak). The selected tree species are not only an integral part of their ecosystems but are also economically important and supply crucial environmental services to European society, such as biodiversity, watershed protection, stabilisation of river banks, as well as recreational and cultural values. Although widespread, the different invasive pathogens to be studied here have not yet affected the entire tree population in Europe. Working at a European scale will allow studying invasions at different stages and along gradients far exceeding those obtained at a national scale. Due to different mortality patterns, it is possible to study the differential effects on both host and pathogen population in terms of demographics and evolution. RESIPATH aims at studying how European forest communities have been affected by and responded to invasive pathogens and also to develop means to mitigate their impact.

Acronym RESIPATH
Duration 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2016
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Network BiodivERsA2
Call BiodivERsA Call 2012-2013 on invasive species and biological invasions

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Coordinator Sweden
University of Algarve Portugal
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock - Directorate of Plant Protection Central Research Institute Turkey
Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape Austria
Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research Belgium
Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia Spain
Julius Kühn Institute Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants Germany
French National Institute for Agricultural Research - Bordeaux France
Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute Norway
French National Institute for Agricultural Research - Nancy France
Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety - Plant Health Laboratory France
Ministry of Agriculture and Food - Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research Norway
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Sweden
Agrobioinstitute Bulgaria