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NANJING, August 27 - In order to improve the national work on the prevention and control of pine wood nematode, upgrade the monitoring, evaluation and infected wood quarantine and to ensure scientific and standardized the control and prevention, the 2014 national training course on the evaluation techniques of pine wood nematode was held from August 17 to 27 at the Nanjing Forestry University in Nanjing, Jiangsu province.

The training was sponsored by the General Station for the Prevention and Control of Forest Pests and Diseases under the State Forestry Administration and was organized the national training center for the inspection and evaluation of dangerous and harmful forest organisms.

Song Yushuang, director of the General Station for the Prevention and Control of Forest Pests and Diseases, and Ye Jianren, vice president of the Nanjing Forestry University, attended the opening ceremony of the training course and delivered speeches. The training course consisted of two sessions, and about 160 people from 28 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities attended the training sessions.

At the opening ceremony of the first session, Song Yushuang urged to strengthen the prevention measures against organisms harmful to forests and step up the monitoring and quarantine work. Contingency plans should be worked to deal with any possible outbreaks. Song stressed that the training course was part of the efforts to implement the third national forest harmful organism survey, and a better job in the prevention and control of pine wood nematode would be of great importance to the survey.

Song made a keynote speech on the status quo and prospects of harmful forest organisms in China.

The training would help keep the trainees abreast with the latest progress in the technologies for the prevention and control of pine wood nematode in China and the world, and help equip them with skills and techniques evaluate, monitor and quarantine the disease.

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