The international trade in plants for planting (P4Ps) is a major pathway for the introduction of plant pests. The global trade in P4Ps is both voluminous and highly diverse, but there is little detailed knowledge about its diversity and dynamics. This makes it difficult to assess the risks associated with this trade and to prioritise high-risk commodities (genus-origin combinations) for detailed inspection or regulation. Using the Increasing Sustainability of European Forests (ISEFOR) database, this paper describes the diversity and dynamics of P4P imports into the EU, based on genus-level data for lots imported into 14 Member States that provided this data for different periods between 2005 and 2014, totalling over 30 billion plants and over 7500 commodities.
Eschen, R., Douma, J.C., Grégoire, J.-C., Mayer, F., Rigaux, L. and Potting, R.P.J. (2017) A risk categorisation and analysis of the geographic and temporal dynamics of the European import of plants for planting. Biological Invasions 19(11), 3243–3257.
A risk categorisation and analysis of the geographic and temporal dynamics of the European import of plants for planting
Published 1 November 2017