Ash dieback research, funding and policy news – 29 July 2015

29th Jul 2015

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Ash dieback: 100,000 trees destroyed in bid to combat disease

One hundred thousand young ash trees have been destroyed in Northern Ireland in an attempt to combat a potentially devastating disease. They have been removed to stop the spread of ash dieback, a fungal disease that can infect mature trees and saplings. Scientists have warned that if it is not contained it could change the landscape and affect our biodiversity. It has been found on around 100 sites in Northern Ireland. All those sites were planted with imported saplings, some of which had the infection.


Ash dieback (Chalara), free trade, and the technocracy of biosecurity

This is a blog post by Judith Tsouvalis, a research fellow on the University of Nottingham’s Making Science Public team.


Tree Health News

The third edition of Forestry Commission England’s Tree Health News, created to meet the sector’s demand for regular pest and disease updates.


Environmental Agencies urge people to use TreeCheck, a smartphone App to help safeguard tree health on island of Ireland

Environmental Agencies are encouraging walkers, golfers, farmers and anyone outdoors this summer to use TreeCheck, a smartphone web based App to help in safeguarding tree and forest health on the island of Ireland. The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes said the outbreaks on the island, of Chalara Ash Dieback and Phytophthora ramorum in larch have ‘brought into sharp focus the threat posed by the introduction and spread of serious pests and diseases to our trees and forests’.

Ecologists on fungus vigil

Most people link them to signs of a rotting or ageing tree. But lichens, mosses, fungi and liverworts represent one of Scotland’s ecological wonders, now threatened by disease, deer and alien plant species. The global environmental significance of these colourful and mossy patches on and around old trees, is comparable to country’s seabird population, according to scientists. It is estimated that almost 600 different lichens and fungi grow on ash trees alone. Ecologists are deeply concerned over how they will be affected Chalara fraxinea, or ash dieback disease, that threatens to remove up to 80 million ash trees from the UK’s landscape.


The genome of Fraxinus excelsior

Watch this video presentation from UK PlantSci 2015 by Richard Buggs, Queen Mary University of London.


Observatree – an early warning system for tree health

Watch this video presentation from UK PlantSci 2015 by Kate Hutchinson, Forest Research.


Free ash dieback workshop

09:30-16:00, Thursday 13 August 2015

Near Tiverton, Devon

Do you want to know more about ash dieback? Do you want to help contribute to the management of ash trees where you live?

Join experts from the Living Ash Project for this free workshop to learn about the potential impact of ash dieback on our landscape character. Following presentations in the morning and a free lunch, we will visit an infected site in the afternoon and have the opportunity to record a tree using the ‘Ashtag’ smartphone app.


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