EPPO Panel on Diagnostics in Mycology


Composition (last updated May 2024)

BAGI Ferenc (Mr)

University of Novi Sad, Dept of Phytomedicine and Environment Protection, Novi Sad (RS)


FERA Science Ltd, National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, York (GB)


Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRAW), Dept Life Sciences, Gembloux (BE)


Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for National and International Plant Health, Braunschweig (DE)

 GIORDANO Luana (Ms)  Laboratoy Plant Protection Service Lombardy Region, Como (IT)


Institut National de la Protection des Végétaux, Alger (DZ)


Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Plant Unit, Crop Protection, Merelbeke (BE)

IOOS Renaud (Mr)

Anses-Laboratoire de la Santé des Végétaux- Unité de Mycologie, Malzéville (FR)

 JUHASZ Zsuzsanna (Ms) National Food Chain Safety Office, Budapest (HU)

LUTZ Matthias (Mr)

Federal Dept of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER, Agroscope, Institute for Plant Production Sciences, Wädenswil (CH)

 MARGRETHE THOMSEN Iben (Ms)  Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg C (DK) 


Institute of Forestry and Park Gardening, Lviv (UA)


Plant Protection and Inspection Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bet Dagan (IL),

 MUNAUT Françoise (Ms)

 European Commission, Brussels (BE)

 NOVAK Adrijana (Ms)  CCAF – Center for Plant Protection, Zagreb (HR)
 O’HANLON Richard (Mr)  Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Celbridge (IE)
 PARRA GIRALDO Pedro (Mr)  EURL Fungi and Oomycetes (FR)

PARUMA Kristine (Ms)

State Plant Protection Organization, National Phytosanitary Laboratory, Riga, (LV)

 PEREZ SIERRA Ana María (Ms)  Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA), Moncada, Valencia (ES)

 PERSEN Ulrike (Ms)

 AGES, Institute for Sustainable Plant Production, Vienna (AT)

 PIOTROWSKA Marta (Ms)  SASA, Edinburgh (GB)

 PISKUR Barbara (Ms)

 Slovenian Forestry Institute, Ljubljana (SI)

 SARIGÜL ERTEK Tülin (Ms)  Plant Protection Central Research Institute, Ankara (TR)

SURINA Tatiana (Ms)

Laboratory of Mycology, All Russian Plant Quarantine Centre, FGBU, VNIIKR, Moscow (RU),

 SVOBODOVA Iveta (Ms)  Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture, Holice, Olomouc (CZ)

SZKUTA Grazyna (Ms)

Main Inspectorate of Plant Health and Seed Inspection Service, Central Laboratory, Torun (PL)


National Plant Protection Organization, Wageningen (NL)

 ŽIOGELYTE Saulė (Ms)  The State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture, Phytosanitary Research Laboratory, Vilnius (LT)



Terms of Reference (as agreed by the Executive Committee in September 2017)


A Panel on Diagnostics in Mycology was established in 2014 as more expertise in mycology was needed to develop the protocols in this area. The Panel meets in principle every 18 months. When the two meetings coincide in time, the Panel is organized back to back with the meeting of the European Mycology Network. Terms of reference were approved in 2014. They have been revised in 2017.



The Panel on Diagnostics in Mycology is established to specifically develop and review pest specific diagnostic protocols.



The Panel on Diagnostics in Mycology is responsible for the following activities:


Core-activities of the Panel are linked to Mycology Diagnostic Protocols and include:

  • Reviewing the technical content of Diagnostic Protocols prepared by individual experts for fungi (including chromista).
  • Exchanging information on validation of tests.
  • Reviewing the work programme for preparing diagnostic protocols for fungi (including chromista).
  • Establishing priorities for revision of approved diagnostic protocols for fungi (including chromista).
  • Making suggestion to updating/improve horizontal Standards and the instructions to authors of diagnostic protocols, for consideration by the Panel on Diagnostics and Quality Assurance.


Where appropriate the following horizontal Diagnostics Activities may also be conducted:

  • Upon request of the EPPO Secretariat reviewing possible comments made at the regional level on IPPC Diagnostic Protocols for fungi (including chromista) to advise the Panel on CPM affairs on a regional position on these protocols.
  • Comparing the content of adopted IPPC diagnostic protocols for fungi (including chromista) with the content of the EPPO Diagnostic protocol for the same pest and advising the Panel on Diagnostics and Quality Assurance whether to maintain the EPPO Standard as such, revise it or withdraw it.
  • Identifying research needs to be communicated to the persons in charge of relevant regional initiatives in this area (e.g. EUPHRESCO).
  • Ensuring through the Secretariat appropriate links with other bodies with activities in the area of diagnostics on fungi (including chromista).
  • Exchanging information on national initiatives in the field of diagnostics for fungi (including chromista).
  • Suggesting improvements that could be made to the EPPO Databases on diagnostic expertise or on validation data and encouraging contributions from members.
  • Recommending further work that could be undertaken by EPPO to improve diagnostic activities in the EPPO region, e.g. organization of workshops or conferences, new databases, general articles on diagnostics.


Additional activities

  • Identifying information on emerging pests and related diagnostic challenges, notifying the EPPO Secretariat of any new pest that should be considered for the Alert List.
  • Carrying out specific additional tasks requested by the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations or the EPPO Secretariat;
  • Reporting to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations on its activities.


Way of Working

  • Experts for the Panel are nominated by member countries (or other approved bodies) and appointed by the Executive Committee.
  • Panel members are selected on the basis of their expertise and serve in an individual capacity.
  • The Panel normally meets about every 18 months. In between these regular meetings it may meet by teleconference, and may hold e-mail consultations to facilitate rapid decision making.
  • Reports of meetings are ideally circulated within four weeks in draft and participants are given two weeks in which to comment. After that the report is finalized.
  • The Panel submits its draft Standards to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations. Amendments may be adopted via the approved «fast track» procedure. The Panel may submit advice and recommendations to the Panel on Diagnostics and Quality Assurance or direct to the Working Party, as appropriate.
  • The EPPO Secretariat provides the Chair and Secretary for meetings.