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Editorial - Peer-reviewed, 2020

Pathologists and entomologists must join forces against forest pest and pathogen invasions

Jactel, Herve; Desprez-Loustau, Marie-Laure; Battisti, Andrea; Brockerhoff, Eckehard; Santini, Alberto; Stenlid, Jan; Bjorkman, Christer; Branco, Manuela; Dehnen-Schmutz, Katharina; Douma, Jacob C.; Drakulic, Jassy; Drizou, Fryni; Eschen, Rene; Franco, Jose Carlos; Gossner, Martin M.; Green, Samantha; Kenis, Marc; Klapwijk, Maartje J.; Liebhold, Andrew M.; Orazio, Christophe;
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The world's forests have never been more threatened by invasions of exotic pests and pathogens, whose causes and impacts are reinforced by global change. However, forest entomologists and pathologists have, for too long, worked independently, used different concepts and proposed specific management methods without recognising parallels and synergies between their respective fields. Instead, we advocate increased collaboration between these two scientific communities to improve the long-term health of forests. Our arguments are that the pathways of entry of exotic pests and pathogens are often the same and that insects and fungi often coexist in the same affected trees. Innovative methods for preventing invasions, early detection and identification of non-native species, modelling of their impact and spread and prevention of damage by increasing the resistance of ecosystems can be shared for the management of both pests and diseases.We, therefore, make recommendations to foster this convergence, proposing in particular the development of interdisciplinary research programmes, the development of generic tools or methods for pest and pathogen management and capacity building for the education and training of students, managers, decision-makers and citizens concerned with forest health.


Capacity building; detection; disease; exotic; fungi; forest health; identification; insects; interdisciplinarity; management

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2020, number: 58, pages: 107-127

Authors' information

Jactel, Herve
Univ Bordeaux
Desprez-Loustau, Marie-Laure
Univ Bordeaux
Battisti, Andrea
Univ Padua
Brockerhoff, Eckehard
Swiss Fed Res Inst
Santini, Alberto
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
Branco, Manuela
Univ Lisbon
Dehnen-Schmutz, Katharina
Coventry Univ
Douma, Jacob C.
Wageningen Univ
Drakulic, Jassy
Royal Hort Soc
Drizou, Fryni
Royal Hort Soc
Eschen, Rene
Franco, Jose Carlos
Univ Lisbon
Gossner, Martin M.
Swiss Fed Res Inst
Green, Samantha
Coventry Univ
Kenis, Marc
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
Liebhold, Andrew M.
Liebhold, Andrew M.
Czech Univ Life Sci Prague
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Associated SLU-program

SLU Plant Protection Network

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG4 Quality education

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Forest Science

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