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A team from Forest Research, Fera and The Tree Council paid a visit to the US to find out more about emerald ash borer.

A major new campaign called Action Oak was launched at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Chalara ash dieback on different ash species and non-ash hosts

Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS) has provided funding to bring together a number of Scottish research organisations to establish a new virtual Centre of Expertise for Plant Health.

The plight of our most iconic native tree, the oak, is the subject of a new film released today.


Observatree continues

27th November 2017

Pioneering tree health partnership to continue thanks to funding boost

Research into the lifecycle of oak boring beetle Agrilus biguttatus

In August, Dr Joan Webber spoke at a symposium held to celebrate the life and career of Johanna Westerdijk. Johanna led the team of female mycologists who discovered the cause of the first epidemic of Dutch Elm Disease a fungus called Ophiostoma ulmi and also revealed much of the biology of this damaging pathogen and pioneered the first breeding programme to produce disease resistant elms. Johanna was a truly remarkable woman not only for these achievements but also for her efforts to inspire and empower female mycologists in the early part of the 20th Century.

The project was named best community/volunteer initiative at the Horticulture Week awards at Woburn Abbey on 28th of June.

In March 2017, Dr Joan Webber and Prof Clive Brasier took part in an expedition to north Vietnam as part of the EU Horizon 2020 POnTe project