Research and Guidance
The large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis) is the most serious pest of newly planted or naturally regenerating woodland trees on restocking sites in the UK and Ireland. On affected sites, in the absence of protective measures, losses of replanted trees will average around 50%, but in the worst...
Forest Research have been engaged in efforts to improve tolerance of ash trees to ash dieback caused by Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (previously known as ‘Chalara‘) since the disease was first recognised in Great Britain in 2012.
Progress has been made under three main projects:
Living Ash Project
Ash dieback mass screening trials
Testing a range of ash species for tolerance to ash dieback
Across these three projects,...
This is a collaboration with tree health scientists to explore new and emerging pest threats to priority tree species and new woodlands. We aim to assess the risks posed by established pests under current and future climates, and the most likely invasion pathways for key invasive pests.
LAP2 commenced in 2019 as an extention of the earlier Living Ash Project phase I.
The objectives of LAP2 are to:
Establish a National Archive of Tolerant Ash based on selections made in the Living Ash Project phase I and from Forest Research's mass screening trials (Future Trees Trust)
Intensively screen selected trees using...
How do we manage insect pests in forestry? This PhD project aims to evaluate current science and practise and develop and test new and improved methods in order to enhance integrated pest management in the industry.
SMARTIES – Surveillance and MAnagament of multiple Risks to Treescapes: Integrating Epidemiology and Stakeholder behaviour.
SMARTIES is a collaborative project led by Rothamsted Research with Forest Research, University of Salford and the Stockholm Environment Institute as key partners. The project focuses on the development of a linked epidemiological and a social dynamics model which will identify the key epidemiological...
Managing woodland stands in a way that retains productivity targets, but that also fosters biodiversity and stand resilience are key sustainable forest management goals. Current forestry policy advocates a diversification of woodland stands to achieve these goals, favouring mixed age structures, trees of mixed provenance and polycultures over...
A project entitled 'molecular detection of Phytophthoras in forest, woodland and urban garden environments' aims to; i) examine Phytophthora diversity in soil at forest, woodland and public garden sites in Scotland, ii) assess the feasibility of using Illumina metabarcoding technology combined with spore trapping for longer-term monitoring of aerial Phytophthora diseases, such as P. ramorum, and iii) to provide evidence to inform biosecurity and remediation policy aimed at limiting the introduction, spread and impact of Phytophthora diseases.
Using tree ring measurements (dendrochronology) and stable isotope analysis, the research aims to examine the stem growth and tree health histories of Acute Oak Decline (AOD)-affected trees, to look for evidence of predisposition to AOD, the impact of AOD on recent growth, and correlation with A. biguttatus attack.
This research aims to better understand potential large-scale threats to plant biosecurity in Scotland. We are exploring the risks posed by i) non-specialist and online horticultural sales, ii) large-scale plantings for landscaping and infrastructure projects, and iii) large-scale tree plantings for environmental benefits.
Management of oak processionary moth (OPM) is becoming an increasing challenge to land managers of trees and woodlands in urban and rural areas as the pest continues to spread outwards from original infestation sites in London. This work looks at how landowners and other managers of trees are responding to...
November 13th 2019 held at APHA, Sand Hutton, York
Phytophthora disease threats in UK nurseries and wider landscapes: what’s here, what’s coming and what we can do about it
PHYTO-THREATS is a collaborative research project involving seven participating institutions from across Britain and is funded by the Living With Environmental Change partnership...
The project is comprised of six work packages with inter-related objectives that will address key questions and gaps in the knowledge of the oak lace bug (Corythucha arcuata) particularly in relation to the biology, dispersal, control and management options.
Work package 1: Project Management and Co-ordination (Lead: FR)
Overall project management...
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