Pests and diseases that become established in natural and plantation forests in both rural and urban areas can cause huge economic, ecological, social and landscape losses. It is the responsibility of Plant Health policy makers and regulators to provide guidance to prevent these incursions, and for land managers to minimise the impacts in order to avoid such severe losses. To successfully achieve this, policy and management decisions must be based on a sound scientific and technical evidence base.
DIAROD aims to provide the required evidence base for Dothistroma needle blight (DNB) to enable its invasiveness and associated risks to be determined, and hence help prevent its spread, and better enable countries to manage this, and future outbreaks of other pests and diseases.
Knowledge is power, and collaborative Actions such as DIAROD, enable a fluid flow of information and combined research capacity to tackle problems on an international scale.