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UCP 2 - Wild Forest | GREECE

Ceratocystis platani (Fungus)

Pest Challenges

Ceratocystis platani is a dangerous fungus that causes canker stain in plane trees, leading to their death within 3-7 years. The fungus produces long-lived spores that can spread the disease and persist in soil and on unsterilized pruning tools, making it difficult to control. The disease is spread through root contact and infected dead plant tissue in soil, which remains infectious for up to 5 years. As the plane tree is widely used in urban areas, this pathogen poses a significant risk to the tree population in Europe. Prevention measures are the only available control method.

Region Challenges

Evia is the second largest island of Greece and the third in the eastern Mediterranean area. In 2022, Ceratocystis platani caused an ecological disaster in plane forests of Evia, especially along rivers, by the mass-killing of hundreds of century-old plane trees. The invasion of the disease in Evia is a major threat to the natural plane ecosystems, but also to trees that grow in populated areas.

UCP plan

For the Greek UCP in Evia Island (plane tree), there will be a comprehensive pilot planning in the first year of the project to start deploying STELLA solutions. Historic data, observations and local authority suggestions will be pivotal in selecting the appropriate pilot site. This location will act as the necessary testbench of the STELLA technologies and control points for pest surveillance at regional level.