Within the QBOL project dissemination (WP11) played a major role in order to attract as much interest as possible for the outcome of this EU project.

This QBOL project website has been developed, maintained and was regularly updated. The aim was to have at least 2000 visitors per year. At the end of the project we had more than 10,000 unique visitors on the website.

Overview of relevant activities:

  • Seven digital newsletters have been distributed about relevant barcoding activities. In each newsletter we focussed on the work of one QBOL work package. Ab eight newsletter will be shortly.
  • A publicity leaflet (1000 copies) and QBOL poster have been produced and were distributed among stakeholders.
  • Participants from all QBOL work packages presented their work at (inter)national meetings and conferences via vocal and poster presentations.
  • Seven training courses were organized: South Africa, Kenya, China, Honduras, Peru, India and the Netherlands. 130 Participants (mainly from national plant protection organisations) from 26 countries attended these courses. During the courses the different QBOL work packages were presented. Practical work was performed on:
    o DNA extraction
    o Barcode amplification
    o Sequencing using the developed protocols in the respective QBOL work packages
    o Searching in the databases deveoped by QBOL on www.q-bank.eu.
  • A QBOL-EPPO workshop was organized in Haarlem, The Netherlands in May 2012. This final QBOL workshop was combined with the EPPO meeting on Diagnostics, that is organised every 3 or 4 years by EPPO. More than 180 people attended one or more days of the meeting. QBOL work package leaders presented the results of their work packages.
  • During the project there was interactions with stakeholders and end-users. Presentations have been given for managers of national plant protection organizations, DG-Sanco, The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures of IPPC (CPM-IPPC) and different committees within EPPO.