The specific research questions that will be considered by partners include:
What are the potential risks and impacts of the two pests both in their countries of origin and where they have established in new locations?
What are the pathways for movement of the pests and how can we better protect against the risk of introduction?
How can we improve early detection both on the pathways and at their end points?
What are the biological characteristics and pest population sizes that are likely to lead to successful breeding and establishment in a new location?
What are the rates of natural spread and can we improve prediction of spread, both natural and by assistance?
How can we develop or improve cost-effective management and control approaches and tools (including biological control) and assess their social acceptability?
How can we best communicate and implement policy and engage with stakeholders (including policy makers, woodland owners and managers, academia and the public, importers and the wider nursery industry)?