Extensive literature searches soil and growing media inventories : (RC/EFSA/PLH/2013/01-SC1)

J. Bremmer, M. Holeva, M.L.H. Breukers, J.H.D. Brouwer

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In this project two inventories by means of extensive literature searches have been executed: Inventory 1 of all types of soil and growing media (if relevant components thereof) to be elaborated considering (i) the soil and growing medium imported as commodities (i.e. not in association with plants intended for planting), (ii) the soil and growing medium attached to plants for planting, and (iii) the soil and growing medium attached as a contaminant to imported goods (ranging from ware potatoes to agricultural machinery). Inventory 2, based on interceptions data and scientific and technical literature, of plant pests, plant diseases and weeds that can be associated with soil and growing medium (if relevant components thereof). Execution of Inventory 1 resulted in a list of 956 soils and growing media. Execution of Inventory 2 resulted in Excel tables for each taxonomic group separately in which the pests and diseases are linked to the soil and growing media. Additional information has been provided for processes applied to produce growing media and the impact on harmful organisms and private certification schemes applied in Europe to control the trade and use of growing media.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherIBF International Consulting
Number of pages49
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameEFSA supporting publication
PublisherIBF International Consulting
No.2015- EN-834


  • soil
  • growing media
  • commodities
  • plant pathogens
  • plant pests
  • weeds
  • host range
  • inventories
  • risk assessment


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