3rd Meeting on EPPO Diagnostic Protocols for Regulated Pests (Fungi)

Nancy (FR), 2004-04-30



The 8th meeting of the European Mycological Network (EMN) took place in Malzéville (Nancy), FR, on 2004-27/30, at the Unité de mycologie agricole et forestière du Laboratoire national de la protection des végétaux (LNPV). There were 41 participants from 23 laboratories in 17 countries. The last day of the meeting, April 30, was consecrated to the EPPO meeting on Diagnostic Protocols. The EMN experts continued their work on the revision and preparation of mycological diagnostic protocols. The subject of quality assurance, accreditation and validation of methods was also addressed during the EMN meeting.


The most recent version of the document explaining format and content of a diagnostic protocol was presented at this meeting. The document was originally designed to ensure consistency between all diagnostic protocols and, as it was going through a revision process, participants were asked to comment on it. The following diagnostic protocols for regulated fungi have been already approved and published :



  • PM 7/1 Ceratocystis fagacearum published in Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 31(1) 2001.
  • PM 7/14 Ceratocystis fimbriata f.sp. platani, PM 7/15 Ciborinia camelliae, PM 7/16 Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. albedinis, PM 7/17 Guignardia citricarpa and PM 7/18 Monilinia fructicola published in Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 33(2) 2003.
  • PM 7/25 Phytophthora cinnamomi, PM 7/26 Glomerella acutata, PM 7/27 Puccinia horiana, PM 7/28 Synchytrium endobioticum and PM 7/29 Tilletia indica (DIAGPRO) published in Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 34(2) 2004 (in press).


Protocols on Cryphonectria parasitica, Phoma tracheiphila, Phytophthora ramorum, Mycosphaerella dearnessii and Mycosphaerella pini were finalized and recommended to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations for approval. 


Considerable progress was made in studying the draft protocols on Gremmeniella abietina and Diaporthe vaccinii. The meeting also discussed management of the programme and protocols have been promised for 7 more fungi. 


The next meeting will take place in Oslo, probably in the 2nd week of May 200