Research to improve pest risk methods

The International Pest Risk Research Group is focused on improving pest risk modelling and mapping methods through the application and sharing of rigorous, innovative research.

Thank you for attending IPRRG 2022!

Thank you for attending IPRRG 2022!

We recently held our 2022 annual meeting in association with the Benaki Phytopathological Institute, European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the University of Thessaly from 10th to 13th October 2022 in Athens, Greece. Thank you to everyone who attended and made it a great meeting! Presentations and other proceedings items will be available soon.

Visit the "IPRRG 2022" meeting page

IPRRG Webinar Series

IPRRG Webinar Series

The IPRRG webinar series is still going strong! Since we began the series in January 2021, we have provided webinars almost every month. Anyone can attend one of our webinars by following the webcast link on the "IPRRG Webinar Series" page. Recordings are also available afterward via IPRRG's YouTube channel. ** Interested in presenting? contact one of the Executive Committee officers! **

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Project X - "Burgeoning Asian Trade Connectivity: Implications for International Pest Risks"

Project X - "Burgeoning Asian Trade Connectivity: Implications for International Pest Risks"

A new Group project, known by the nickname "Project X", emerged from the IPRRG 2018 meeting in Taichung, Taiwan. The project is intended to focus the skills and talents of IPRRG on a pressing global issue. A full prospectus for the project is available on the Project X page.

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CLIMEX course in Athens

There are limited seats available to attend a 4-day Introduction to CLIMEX course. The course is timed to allow you to attend the IPRRG meeting the following week. Learn how to use the CLIMEX modelling software, and come away with a pest risk model. The course is hands-on, with a mixture of lectures, tutorial exercises […]

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USDA APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services hiring two biological scientists, applications accepted through 26 August

Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) announces the opening of two Biological Scientists (Tree and Ecology specialties), GS-0401-11 in USAJobs.  These permanent positions are within the Biotechnology Risk Analysis Programs, Plants Branch and Plant Evaluation Branch.  The vacancy announcement closes on August 26, 2022.  The vacancy is advertised as Direct Hire (open to the public and current […]

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Job Opportunity: CSIRO is recruiting a risk scientist and a biosecurity entomologist

Fantastic opportunities for early career scientists (PhD + postdoc, or equivalent) to develop their careers by applying their skills to solving biosecurity and market-access challenges. Both positions close on 31 August 2022, are open to international candidates. In the Risk Scientist position you will use your analytical skills to generate innovative risk assessment and risk management methodologies for […]

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Pest risk linked to climate change!

IPRRG members have recently published an important and interesting paper using pest risk modelling techniques to explore the link between cassava diseases in East Africa and climate suitability for the vector, silver leaf whitefly. A CLIMEX niche model for B. tabaci was applied to an historical climate time series in East Africa. Transforming the time-series of climate […]

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“Biosecurity: Tools, behaviours and concepts” issue published in the journal Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

Amid all the excitement around our webinar series, we forgot to announce the recent publication of Volume 4, Issue 5 in Emerging Topics in Life Sciences! The issue, “Biosecurity: Tools, behaviours and concepts”, was edited by IPRRG member Alan MacLeod and Nicola Spence (Defra, UK). The journal specializes in publishing themed issues comprised of easy-to-digest […]

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