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Supporting EFSA assessment of the EU environmental suitability for exotic forestry pests: final report

Daniele de Rigo, Giovanni Caudullo, Lorenzo Busetto, Jesús San-Miguel-Ayanz

An updated series of distribution maps of more than 50 taxa, mainly of forest tree species, is presented along with the description of involved materials, inventory data and ancillary datasets, data-processing and modelling methods. Different methodologies are discussed and corresponding specific maps are presented for supporting the assessment on emerging plant pest risks. Updated maps of taxa habitat suitability are also presented. Maps, material and methods for supporting the risk assessment on Phytophthora ramorum for the European territory and for supporting the evaluation on Agrilus planipennis are provided. Maps, material and methods related to the assessment of the current spatial distribution of pine wilt nematode and of some of its main host plants, and also of relatively less investigated ones, have been presented at European and global scale. In this respect, four host taxa have been of particular interest: one species (Pinus pinea) and three genera (Juniperus, Chamaecyparis, Cryptomeria). The distribution of Monochamus at global scale has also been presented and its uncertainty has been discussed. A new XML based description of the subset of fields from the PRASSIS schema which are relevant in describing forest inventories is presented, along with a series of relevant metadata of forest inventories. A detailed analysis of plant biodiversity indicators, endangered/rare plant species and plant biodiversity related information is provided. The final design of the online pre-questionnaire regarding the definition of the spatial units for the questionnaire “Spatial information of forest practices in Europe” and the current stage of the actual excel-based questionnaire are presented. (Accepted: 16 May 2013)

EFSA Supporting Publications, Vol. 11, No. 3. (19 March 2014), 434E, 
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Rarely observed plant species in Europe. This table lists those plant species (some of them are not tree species) whose frequency in the E-Forest EFDAC, BioSoil and Forest Focus datasets is less or equal to 0.05%. This low frequency implies that the intrinsic uncertainty associated to the datasets’ information definition, measure and harmonization is comparable with the frequency itself. Therefore, the ranking is to be intended as qualitative. Frequency of species less than 0.01% is omitted. Please, be aware that the E-Forest EFDAC, BioSoil and Forest Focus datasets are especially focused on forest resources.


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