What is REPHRAME?REPHRAME (Research Extending Plant Health Risk And Monitoring Evaluation) is a continuation and expansion of PHRAME and concentrates on key variables identified in that project, notably the role of vector beetles in moving the pine wood nematode round and how susceptible pines and other conifers in Europe are to the pest. The main aim is to produce a practical web-based Tool Kit with practical advice and risk ratings for Europe and new or improved methodologies for management of this important pest.
The project commenced on 1 March 2011 and the likely end date is 28 February 2014.
A major threat to Europe's forestsThe pine wood nematode and its associated syndrome ‘pine wilt’ is a major threat to forests. In Japan – where the disease was first identified in 1905 - it has been credited with destroying 26 million cubic metres of timber since 1945. Following its discovery in Portugal in 1999 it has spread throughout the country and to Madeira with no prospect of eradication.
The fear is that, having established a bridgehead after arriving on infested wood packaging, it will spread throughout the rest of Europe.
Rephrame is part funded by European Union Seventh Framework Programme FP7 2007-2013 2009-3 under grant agreement 265483