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This research aimed to better understand potential large-scale threats to plant biosecurity in Scotland. Specifically, we explored the risks posed by i) non-specialist and online horticultural sales, ii) planting for landscaping and infrastructure projects, and iii) planting for environmental benefits. In each case we engaged with a selection of key stakeholders to identify the major biosecurity strengths and weaknesses in different sectors and highlighted opportunities for improved future practice.
Descriptions of the three projects can be found on Scotland's Plant Health Centre website. The final reports will be available at the end of May 2021
The below links will take you to our pages outlining research findings for each of the three topics
A policy summary can be found on the Scottish Plant Health Centre's website, and the reports for each project are listed below.
Forest Research led the research with support from Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews Botanic Garden, James Hutton Institute, Fera, the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Scotland’s Rural College.
B. Karlsdóttir, C. Pollard, A. Paterson, H. Watkins, M. Marzano (2021). Assessment of plant biosecurity risks to Scotland from large scale plantings for landscaping and infrastructure projects: Project Final Report. PHC
Pollard, C.R.J., Marzano, M., Paterson, A. (2021). Assessment of large-scale plant biosecurity risks to Scotland from non-specialist and online horticultural sales: Project Final Report. PHC
Dunn, M., Finger, A., Marzano, M. (2021). Assessment Of Plant Biosecurity Risks To Scotland From Large-Scale Tree Plantings For Environmental Benefits: Project Final Report. PHC
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 PHYTO-THREATS project aims to address the risks to UK forest and woodland ecosystems from Phytophthora by examining the distribution and diversity of Phytophthoras in UK plant nursery systems.