EPPO Global Database and GD Desktop (replacing PQR)
The aim of the EPPO Global Database is to provide in a single portal for all pest-specific information that has been produced or collected by EPPO. The full database is available via the Internet, but when no Internet connection is available a subset of the database called ‘EPPO GD Desktop’ can be run as a software (now replacing PQR).
Since July 2018, PQR is replaced by
EPPO GD Desktop
EPPO Global Database (online)
The contents of the database are constantly being updated by the EPPO Secretariat. As of May 2018, it contained:
- Basic information for more than 78 000 species of interest to agriculture, forestry and plant protection: plants (cultivated and wild) and pests (including pathogens and invasive alien plants). For each species: scientific names, synonyms, common names in different languages, taxonomic position, and EPPO Codes are given.
- Detailed information for more than 1650 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.
- EPPO datasheets and PRA reports.
- EPPO Standards.
- Pictures of plants and pests (more than 4 800).
- Articles of the EPPO Reporting Service (since 1974).
Simple and advanced search tools are availabe in the database. For each pest, it is possible to obtain lists of host plants, commodities able to act as pathways in international trade, details of geographical distribution with maps, categorization (quarantine status), pictures and many documents (EPPO Standards, PRAs, Reporting Service articles). Conversely, it is also possible to interrogate the database to obtain specific lists of pests, by stipulating the host species, the commodity, and the countries of interest.
Users of the database are kindly encouraged to register (free) to the database, this allows the EPPO Secretariat to better identify the users of the database and facilitate future communication. This also provides access to webservices that allow users to make batch queries or to contribute to the database by providing photos of pests and plants. All necessary guidelines are available on the database home page.
EPPO GD Desktop (replacing PQR)
In July 2018, the EPPO Secretariat released the first version of EPPO GD Desktop to replace PQR (the EPPO database on quarantine pests). EPPO GD Desktop is the ‘off-line’ version of the EPPO Global Database (GD). As was the case for PQR, it is a piece of software which first needs to be installed on personal computers. Once installed, no Internet connection is needed to run it.
Contents of GD Desktop
This software contains the following data which is directly extracted from GD:
- Basic information for many species (more than 80 000) that are of interest to agriculture, forestry and plant protection (scientific names, synonyms, common names, taxonomic position and EPPO Codes).
- Geographical distribution of regulated pests (including invasive alien plants) with world maps.
- List of host plants of regulated pests.
- Categorization (quarantine status) of pests.
- Articles of the EPPO Reporting Service.
- Images of plants and pests.
EPPO GD Desktop does not contain EPPO Standards, PRAs and other EPPO pest-specific documents (these are only available via GD or the EPPO website www.eppo.int).
EPPO GD Desktop can be downloaded as a FULL or LITE version. The FULL version contains all available images of plants and pests (same as in GD), and as a consequence is a heavier installation file. The LITE version only contains 1 selected image for each plant or pest to reduce the size of the installation file.
How to install and update GD Desktop
To install and update GD Desktop, an Internet connection will be needed. In the EPPO Global Database
- Click on ‘EPPO GD Desktop’ in the green menu bar.
- Choose the version you wish to install: FULL or LITE – Install package (.exe) or Zip package (.zip).
- Follow the instructions.
Once installed, you will be able to run GD Desktop on your computer without any Internet connection. The date of your current version of the software will be indicated on the first screen. When an Internet connection is available and if a newer version of the software has been released, you will be automatically proposed to update GD Desktop.
The EPPO Secretariat plans to release updates of GD Desktop every 3 months. It should be reminded to all users, that as GD Desktop cannot be updated in real-time, the online version (EPPO Global Database) should be used to obtain the latest information.