Plant health risk assessment seeks to identify and assess the risks posed by pests to plant production in Finland. The assessments are carried out in compliance with the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 2 and No. 11 of the International Plant Protection Convention (International Plant Protection Convention IPPC).
Plant health risk assessment includes the evaluation of the probability of the entry, establishment and spread of pests and the assessment of their potential economic consequences. Additionally, risk assessments may address the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of the available risk management measures. Primarily, such measures include the requirements imposed by legislation on imported goods and the preventive actions foreseen in legislation and contingency plans.
The plant health risk assessments carried out by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira may deal with the pests regulated under the plant health legislation or other pests that pose a threat to agriculture, horticulture or forestry not yet established in Finland.
Current research projects
- Cost-benefit analysis of risk management measures and assessment of the areal risk to plant health
- Enhanced control of potato-infecting nematodes
- Automatic assessment of the time suitable for the appearance of fire blight symptoms
- Enhancement of efficiency of plant health inspection, risk assessment and control of healthy plant production by adoption of a broad spectrum diagnostic approach
Previous research projects
- Development and application of a risk prioritization scheme of invasive agricultural and horticultural pests
- Enhancing the landscaping sector’s ability to manage the risks of quarantine pests
- Pathways of entry of pests and their significance
- The suitability of the Finnish climate for fire blight epidemics
- Enhancing greenhouse producers’ ability to manage risks of quarantine pests