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The Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) publishes first phase of Plant Health Risk Register

FERA Logo news Jan 30th-1FERA has published the first phase of its Plant Health Risk Register to coincide with a ‘Plant Health Stakeholder Summit held by DEFRA, which met this week as part of the process of developing a nationwide policy to the Ash Dieback crisis.

The register is a searchable database of 668 organisms which have been rated in terms of likelihood and impact of becoming established or spreading across the UK. Its initial focus is on regulated pests, those where actions have been recommended by the European & Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation and others where UK action has been considered. It outlines the key features of the pest, unmitigated risk ratings, current mitigations, mitigated risk ratings and actions to reduce the residual risk

The next phase will look at how impacts are measured, the cost and effectiveness of risk reduction and how to address variation in risks over time as well as further refining and expanding phase one data. 

For further details, see https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/phiw/riskRegister

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