Webinar – Mediterranean stone pines under attack: the invasion of the pine tortoise scale

2 May 2024. 14:00 - 16:00 (CEST). Online

Photo: EUFORGEN / Giuseppe Scarascia

Mediterranean stone pines are facing a pest that is seriously damaging their health. Can forest genetic research bring hope for solutions?

The emblematic Mediterranean stone pine is being attacked by an insect called the pine tortoise scale. This pest is currently affecting numerous populations in Italy, and controls are being carried out to reduce it. However, total eradication is unlikely due to the effects of climate change.

In a new EUFORGEN webinar, we will address this issue and the threat to the species from different angles with a panel of leading experts and researchers, including Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat (EFIMED), Bruno Fady (INRAE), Maurizio Sabatti (University of Tuscia), and Giuseppe Scarascia (EFI Biocities). Throughout the webinar, we will also discuss the challenges and opportunities for forest genetics research to promote more resistant breeding varieties that can cope with these threats. The current fate of the Mediterranean stone pine may be that of many other species in the future.

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This webinar is held in collaboration with the European Forest Institute Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED) and the EFI Biocities Facility. If you would like to learn more about the central questions that will be covered during this webinar, we recommend the following articles and materials:

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