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Molecular detection of Phytophthoras in forest, woodland and urban garden environments

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.

Status: Current

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  • Pests and diseases
  • Tree breeding
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Provenance variation of emerging species

Forest Research has recently examined some long-term experiments to examine provenance variation of emerging species. The table below is a summary of how the results compare with Forestry Commission Bulletin...

Status: Current

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
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Forest hydrology - PhD studentships

Phd Students asociated with the Forest Hydrology research programme.

Status: Current

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  • Forest hydrology
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The dendroclimatic and dendrochronological background to Acute Oak Decline

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.

Status: Current

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
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Analysis and development of local authority tree strategies

A series of nine local authority case studies in England to understand the processes, drivers and barriers behind tree strategy development and implementation.

Status: Current

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  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
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Assessment of large-scale plant biosecurity risks to Scotland

This research aims to better understand potential large-scale threats to plant biosecurity in Scotland. In particular, 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.

Status: Current

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  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
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The social dimensions of oak processionary moth (OPM) management

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...

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
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Understanding land managers' behaviours for tree health policy options

Co-design of tree health policy options for resilient treescapes as part of Future Farming and Countryside Programme (FFC)

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
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Nature based vocational training leading to human wellbeing in Skåne, Sweden

The Nature Integration Programme facilitates sustainable integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants into society. A large number of these groups have been taken in by Sweden in recent years.

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening
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BioCoRe: An interactive/adaptable landscape ecology approach for targeting restoration

How we manage priority habitats within increasingly fragmented landscapes is a critical conservation issue. Practitioners and policy makers are often faced with the dilemma of deciding where to focus limited...

Status: Current

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  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting