Ash dieback: Research, funding and policy news - 3 May 2013

3rd May 2013

Grant support to aid creation of Chalara-free shelter zone in Scotland

Woodland managers are to be given grant support in Scotland’s ongoing effort to manage the threats posed by Chalara dieback of ash. Forestry Commission Scotland has announced that special financial support will be available to help meet the costs of the removal and destruction of infected, recently planted ash trees in the ‘sheltered’ and ‘buffer’ areas identified in the Chalara Action Plan for Scotland. Support will also be provided for replanting such sites with alternative tree species.


British ash tree genome website launched

Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London are sequencing the genome of a British Ash Tree from the Cotswolds, funded by an urgency grant from the Natural Environment Research Council. This project will assist scientists in the search for genes that may confer resistance to ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea).


Vacancy: Research Fellow – University of Exeter

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences wishes to recruit a Research Fellow to participate in the collaborative Nornex project investigating ash dieback disease. This BBSRC funded post is available immediately. The successful applicant will use genomics and transcriptomics approaches to study the fungus Chalara fraxinea (Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus) and its interactions with ash trees.

Application closing date: 7 May 2013


Draft All-Ireland Chalara Control Strategy

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), along with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) have jointly produced the Draft All-Ireland Chalara Control Strategy. It outlines a ‘Fortress Ireland’ approach for the identification, control and eradication of the pest which causes Chalara ash dieback, and sets out the actions that will be taken.

A copy of the draft Strategy is available online.


Sustaining and enhancing trees, forests and woodland

Policy roundup from GOV.UK.


Chalara ash dieback and species choice seminars

Confor Wales is holding two Chalara ash dieback and species choice seminars:

• Tuesday 14 May 2013 Welshpool, Powys

• Wednesday 15 May 2013 Devauden, Monmouthshire

See flyer with more details on programme and registration details.


Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) public information meetings in Ireland

Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) is a serious concern for one of Ireland’s most important native trees. Forest owners are asked to attend one of a nationwide series of information meetings to learn more about the disease and how we can all work together to eradicate it. These public information meetings are being organised by Teagasc in association with the Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. They will run from 20 to 31 May 2013 and will be held in local Teagasc offices.


Moving forward from ash dieback

Saturday 18th May, 10am – 6pm

John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The recent arrival of the ash dieback disease is a major threat to the 10 million ash trees in Scotland. From May 18th, the Edinburgh Botanics will be hosting an exhibit developed by the Scottish Tree Health Advisory Group. This exhibit explores the impact of ash dieback on our economy, our biodiversity and our landscape. It highlights how we can learn from this experience and what you can do to protect trees in the future. The exhibit will be travelling to over 20 venues throughout the year.


Chalara Fraxinea (Ash Dieback) – an update

Presentations from Forestry Commission Scotland’s Chalara Update Seminar held at Grantown-on-Spey on 22 March 2013, are now available online:

• Chalara dieback of ash – an overview of the disease and current research (Powerpoint 9Mb)

• Draft Chalara Action Plan (Scotland) 2013/14 (Powerpoint 32Mb)

• Chalara dieback of ash – update (Powerpoint 11Mb)


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