Pests and diseases
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.
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...
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)
Oak lace bug in Europe (OLBIE): Evaluation of the pest status in Europe and development of survey, control and management strategies
This Euphresco project will focus on the oak lace bug (Corythucha arcuata), with an emphasis on evaluating its pest status in Europe and assessing survey, control and management strategies.
Resilience – Future Proofing Plant Health
What is tree resilience and how can we support better management for tree health in the face of climate change and pests and diseases?
Delivering Resilient Forests
Resilient forests are important if our trees are to cope better with changing environmental conditions and threats from pests and diseases. This page provides information on the publications produced as part of Forest Research's 'Delivering Resilient Forests' programme of research.
BRIGIT - A consortium for enhancing UK surveillance and response to Xylella fastidiosa
A multi-partner GB wide transdisciplinary project that takes a holistic approach to enhance diagnostics, identify factors that could lead to spread and formulate response strategies to mitigate the devastating effects of X. fastidiosa.
The threat to UK forestry posed by the Pine-tree lappet moth: life cycle, origin and future risk
Project determining the level of risk to Scots pine and other tree species posed by defoliating caterpillars of the pine-tree lappet moth.
Neurostresspep explores the use of insect neuropeptide hormones for controlling pest insects; Forest Research is investigating whether these naturally occurring compounds can be used in forest management to reduce damage by pine weevil (Hylobius abietis).
PRotect Oak Ecosystems (PuRpOsE)
This project is providing understanding of the current and future health threats to native oaks in the UK. It is focussing on Acute Oak Decline (AOD).