Pine Wilt Disease: A Worldwide Threat to Forest Ecosystems

Editors: Mota, Manuel M., Vieira, Paulo R. (Eds.)

  • Highly relevant subject, especially in Europe, in light of the recent discovery of one of the most dangerous pathogens and pests of pine forests
  • Highly inter-disciplinary text, covering all issues pertaining to pine wilt disease, from molecule to ecosystem, from the nematode to the insect vector, from forest ecology to plant physiology, etc.
  • Also deals with trade and political issues useful for decision-makers
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The pinewood nematode (PWN), Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, the causal agent of pine wilt disease (PWD), is a serious pest and pathogen of forest tree species, in particular among the genus Pinus. It was first reported from Japan in the beginning of the XXth century, where it became the major ecological catastrophe of pine forests, with losses reaching over 2 million m3/ year in the 1980s. It has since then spread to other Asian countries such as China, Taiwan and Korea, causing serious losses and economic damage. In 1999, the PWN was first detected in the European Union (EU), in Portugal, and immmediately prompted several government (national and EU) actions to assess the extent of the nematode’s presence, and to contain B. xylophilus and its insect vector (Monochamus galloprovincialis) to an area with a 30km radius in the Setúbal Peninsula, 20 km south of Lisbon. International wood trade, with its political as well as economic ramifications, has been seriously jeopardized. The origin of the population of PWN found in Portugal remains elusive. Several hypotheses may be considered regarding pathway analysis, basically from two general origins: North America or the Far East (Japan or China). World trade of wood products such as timber, wooden crates, palettes, etc… play an important role in the potential dissemination of the pinewood nematode. In fact, human activities involving the movement of wood products may be considered the single most important factor in spreading of the PWN. Despite the dedicated and concerted actions of government agencies, this disease continues to spread. Very recently (2006), in Portugal, forestry and phytosanitary authorities (DGRF and DGPC) have announced a new strategy for the control and ultimately the erradication of the nematode, under the coordination of the national program for the control of the pinewood nematode (PROLUNP). Research regarding the bioecology of the nematode and insect as well as new detection methods, e.g., involving real-time PCR, has progressed since 1999. International agreements (GATT, WTO) and sharing of scientific information is of paramount importance to effectively control the nematode and its vector, and thus protect our forest ecosystems and forest economy.

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"This volume … focused on a variety of topics relevant to PWD, including the threat to forest ecosystems, a summary of the current state of PWD research and insights into future scientific developments. … the coverage of this book is comprehensive, each chapter providing an interesting and authoritative account of the current developments in PWD research. … this is a useful, reasonably up-to-date and competently executed volume that justifies a niche on the shelf of all those involved in the PWD arena." (David J. Hunt, Nematology, Vol. 11 (2), 2009)


Table of contents (34 chapters)

  • National Eradication Programme for the Pinewood Nematode

    Rodrigues, José M.

    Pages 5-14

  • Incursion Management in the Face of Multiple Uncertainties: A Case Study of an Unidentified Nematode Associated with Dying Pines Near Melbourne, Australia

    Hodda, Mike (et al.)

    Pages 15-40

  • The Risk of Pine Wilt Disease to Australia and New Zealand

    Lawson, Simon A. (et al.)

    Pages 41-58

  • Pine Wilt Disease: A Threat to Pine Forests in Turkey?

    Akbulut, Süleyman (et al.)

    Pages 59-67

  • Investigations on Wood–Inhabiting Nematodes of the Genus Bursaphelenchus in Pine Forests in the Brandenburg Province, Germany

    Schönfeld, Ute (et al.)

    Pages 69-74

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pine Wilt Disease: A Worldwide Threat to Forest Ecosystems
Editors
  • Manuel M. Mota
  • Paulo R. Vieira
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8455-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8455-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8454-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7886-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 405
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