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EPPO Global Database & EPPO codes

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The EPPO Global Database was first released in September 2014. The objective of the database is to gather in a single web-based interface, all pest-specific information that has been produced by EPPO.

This database also provides a new interface to view and download the EPPO codes, and is thus replacing EPPT (no longer maintained).


What are the EPPO codes?

EPPO codes are computer codes developed for plants, pests (including pathogens) which are important in agriculture and plant protection.

Although, some parts of EPPO Global Database are still under development, it currently contains:

  • Basic information for more than 72 000 species of interest to agriculture, forestry and plant protection: plants (cultivated and wild) and pests (including pathogens). For each species: scientific names, common names in different languages, taxonomic position, and EPPO codes are given.
  • Detailed information for more than 1600 pest species that are of regulatory interest (EPPO and EU listed pests, as well as pests regulated in other parts of the world). For each pest: geographical distribution (with a world map), host plants and categorization (quarantine status) are given. The majority of the functionalities of PQR (EPPO database on quarantine pests) has already been transferred to EPPO Global Database.
  • EPPO datasheets (for the moment, only those published in 1997 in the book Quarantine Pests for Europe are included).
  • EPPO Standards.
  • More than 3000 pictures of pests (including invasive alien plants).
  • All articles from the EPPO Reporting Service (since 1994).

It is planned to include more information: dynamic EPPO datasheets, more articles from the EPPO Reporting Service and other EPPO documents (e.g. PRA reports).

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The EPPO Secretariat is looking for pictures of pests, diseases and invasive alien plants. If you wish to contribute to the database, a specific interface allows you to submit pictures in a simple and rapid manner (

You are kindly encouraged to register (free) to the database, this will allow the EPPO Secretariat to better identify the users of the database and facilitate future communication.