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Research into the lifecyle of oak boring beetle Agrilus bigattatus

There is growing interest in working with natural processes (WWNP) to reduce flood risk. WWNP aims to protect, restore and emulate the natural functions of catchments, floodplains, rivers and the coast. It includes, for example, restoring peat moorlands, re-meandering rivers, targeting woodland planting and improving floodplain connectivity to help to reduce the flood risk to communities downstream.

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.

The world-leading role that UK research is playing in the fight against tree and plant pests was demonstrated to Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey recently during a visit to Forest Research in Edinburgh

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

Experts at the conference included scientists from Forest Research who explained how we can increase the ability of our woodlands to cope with our changing climate.

Understanding and measuring the carbon and greenhouse gas balance of the UK’s woodlands and forests is an important aspect of Forest Research’s work.

New techniques for peatland restoration

What every scientist should know about influencing policy – work shadowing at Holyrood

Unlocking tree DNA to show us the future