The Plant Health Laboratory’s employees provide support for surveillance, in particular through:
The validation of updated or innovative analytical methods for the identification and characterisation of emerging pests (as part of import or export controls) is a major part of this mission carried out by the LSV. It concerns:
This mission is continuously changing and innovating, in particular via multigene phylogenetic and intra-specific taxonomic approaches, for methodological aspects, and through the study of potentially increased virulence in the event of crosses of native and introduced pests, for research issues. It capitalises on existing networks involved in plant health organisation (production sectors, inter-professional organisations, the Regional Federation for Combating Harmful Organisms (FREDON) and the National Federation for Combating Harmful Organisms (FDGDON), etc.) in order to alert the official services to the development of risks in the different geographical areas: metropolitan France, Mediterranean countries, countries of the European Union, and French Overseas Départements and Regions.