In 2010 an EU collaborative project Q-DETECT was set up. The objective of the project is to develop simple, user-friendly and robust methods for detection and monitoring of quarantine pests by inspection services. In the framework of the project it was agreed that two workshops for inspectors would be organized jointly with EPPO in 2011 and 2012 in order to present and demonstrate the tools developed and to gather feedback from potential users of these tools. This workshop in Ljubljana was the second dissemination workshop, after a first one organized in Padova in 2011.
The workshop in Ljubljana took place on 2013-02-18/21 with 72 participants from 22 countries including 30 Q-detect members. The meeting consisted of presentations of different outputs by the relevant Q-DETECT partners followed by practical sessions in small groups.
On the course of three days, participants were given details of new detection and identification methods for pests and of the progress made since the last Workshop in particular on:
Phytosanitary inspectors thus had an opportunity to give collective and individual feedback to the developers of the different Q-detect techniques, helping the developers fine-tune the new techniques for future field application. Inspectors have expressed their interest to help in collecting data for certain techniques and participate in their further validation. Participants were also given details of the EPPO communication tools, as well as the ongoing EPPO activities in the area of inspection.
Introduction to Q-DETECT
Trapping quarantine pests
Modeling the inspection process
Use of remote sensing for quarantine pest detection
Detection of volatile organic compounds
Inspection Technology – an inspectors perspective
EPPO Information Services on pests
EPPO Standards for inspection