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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.

Research into the lifecyle of oak boring beetle Agrilus bigattatus


Observatree continues

27th November 2017

Pioneering tree health partnership to continue thanks to funding boost

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