Plant and Food Biosecurity - Network of Excellence is a five-year project to create a virtual research network in order to improve the quality and impact of plant and food biosecurity training and research in Europe.
The goal of the project is to create a virtual research network in order to improve the quality and impact of training and research in relation to crop and food biosecurity research in Europe. This will be achieved by bringing together specialists and encouraging the exchange of knowledge and the development of new ideas.
• To develop knowledge frameworks and appraisal tools for use in counteracting and responding to the possible introduction, outbreak and spread of the most threatening plant pathogens and pests.
• To identify priorities for research and regulatory policy and to provide a baseline assessment of forensic capability to trace mycotoxins and human pathogens on plants (HPOP), enhancing capacity to prevent,recognise, respond to and recover from food-borne illness resulting from the contamination of fresh produce.
• To develop spatio-temporal risk models, including the likely economic, social and environmental impact of acts of agro-terrorism, and to improve the planning of effective and efficient national and regional responses.
• To improve disease surveillance and detection systems by facilitating international laboratory cooperation and by developing diagnostic tools.
• To prevent the establishment and spread within EU countries of deliberately introduced pathogens by delineating the steps and measures to be taken at European level in each category of pest detection and by enhancing the available response measures.
• To build up a strong culture of awareness and compliance among those with responsibilities in all sectors of agriculture and food production by harmonising expertise across the network and by organising regular transnational and multi-sector training courses.
• To ensure the availability of project results to policy makers and the wider public.