International Day of Plant Health - 12 May 2023

The United Nations has declared 12 May International Day of Plant Health (IDPH). In this context, many events will be organised to raise awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment and promote economic development.


CIHEAM Bari has gained a long experience in the field of PLANT HEALTH, which is also one of the main pillars of CIHEAM's Strategic Agenda 2025 - adopted in 2016 by the Ministries of Agriculture of CIHEAM Member States.

The institute carries out research on plant health issues, focusing on diseases, pests and invasive species. Research projects aim to develop sustainable solutions to prevent and control plant health problems and ensure food security.

Overall, CIHEAM Bari's research activities on plant health seek to promote sustainable agriculture and improve the productivity and resilience of Mediterranean crops, while respecting the environment, food healthiness and workers' health.


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Providing the knowledge needed to understand the threats and develop the tools to address plant health challenges, research activities must hold a prominent place in modern societies. To give visibility to plant health research activities conducted by MSc and PhD students and early-career researchers, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies of Bari (CIHEAM Bari), the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI-Australia) and the Euphresco Network for phytosanitary research coordination and funding (Euphresco) are pleased to invite you to watch the 'Plant Health TV: Promoting the Importance of Plant Health Research' initiative.

The video contest also intends to support the International Plant Health Day objectives by increasing the visibility of plant health research activities and raising awareness among non-scientific communities by bringing together plant health people and organisations from around the world.

Eleven videos have been submitted to the contest by the CIHEAM Bari’s Alumni Network and the PBRI-Plant Health Student Network. They are available in the following list. By liking your favourite video on You Tube, you will give the video-maker the chance to win a travel grant to participate in a scientific exchange at CIHEAM Bari, Italy!

The videos can be voted until May 31, 2023. The winner will be announced on June 21 in a dedicated event that will be hosted at CIHEAM Bari. 

Authors Thematic You Tube link
Sylvia Aluvanze, Busia, Kenya Plant Health knowledge transfer in rural communities - cassava viruses in Kenya
Wesam Atawneh, Palestine Understanding the abundance of Xylella insect vectors in Palestine
Nacima Deghiche Diab, Biskra, Algeria Understanding insect biodiversity for plant health protection
Darryl Herron, New Zealand Beyond baiting for plant health protection - Phytophthora diagnostics using environmental RNA to identify genetic footprints in the soil
Mohga Khater, Cairo, Egypt Towards in field diagnostics - rapid on-site diagnostics for early disease detection
Hamza Mghari, Elvas, Portugal Research on harmonising diagnostics for Tomato brown rugose fruit virus
Evgenia Sarakatsani, Palermo, Italy Boosting the success of flower diversification within the agricultural landscapes, supports resilience of agroecosystems against pests attacking our crops
Wael Sultan, Netherlands Characterisation and genetic diversity of Phytophthora palmivora from cocoa in Malaysia
Zeinab Sweidan, Piacenza, Italy RTP3-Forecasting models for efficient pest/disease surveillance, risk analysis, and their management
Maryam Usman Fall armyworm damage on maize growth stages
Dorsaf Yahiaoui, Montreal, Canada Quality control, biosafety and biosecurity standards in regulatory lab testing
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