LIFE FAGESOS - Phytophthora-induced decline of fagaceae ecosystems in Southern Europe exacerbated by climate change: preserving ecosystem services through improved integrated pest management

UTAD/CITAB Coordinator: José Carlos Esteves Gomes Laranjo

LIFE FAGESOS aims to address and remediate one of the most severe threats associated to global Climatic Changes: The outbreak of Alien Invasive Plant Pathogens, adversely impacting natural and semi-natural forest ecosystems. Phytophthora diseases are increasing their impact and distribution range in evergreen oak and chestnut ecosystems of the Mediterranean basin, boosted by temperature increase and higher frequency of extreme weather events such as flooding and drought. Scarce public awareness of the problem, severe human impact on forest areas and the new EU regulation on fertilizers, that limits the use of K-phosphonate, the most efficient and eco-friendly molecule to mitigate disease impact, further increase the risk of epidemic spread of these diseases. Challenged Forest Ecosystems need improved tools & strategies to enhance their adaptation to the outlined issue, finally ensuring their preservation as important natural carbon sinks. Indeed, FAGESOS will introduce tools to contrast diseases and enhance forests' resilience, by:

 i) The delivery of regional maps for risk- and impact assessment of Phytophthora diseases in the Mediterranean basin in diverse current and predicted climatic scenarios, as a tool for policy makers and forest managers;

 ii) The development, validation, implementation and dissemination of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocols, tailored to the specific target ecosystem, including a strictly scheduled use of new biomolecules and microorganisms with proven efficacy. Treatment protocols will be complemented by hygiene measures to prevent disease-spread;

 iii) The delivery of fully accessible monitoring protocols, based on validated, innovative models & technologies;

 iv) Intense communication, dissemination and capacity building activities, targeting different stakeholders to raise awareness and induce adaption of behaviour The project will be implemented in Italy, Spain and Portugal through a multi-actor approach.

Project Details


GA n. 101074466



Start date

September 2022


60 months

Funding Entity

European Commission

Total Financing


CITAB/UTAD Financing


Responsible institution