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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).
PuRpOsE involves scientists from many different disciplines including molecular biologists, forest ecologists, silviculturists, human geographers and political ecologists. We aim to work together and engage with interest groups to exchange expertise and develop the evidence needed to take effective action to help us to manage AOD and other threats to the health of native oak trees in the UK.
The objectives of the project are to:
Understand the causes of oak decline, particularly AOD;
Develop adaptation management strategies to help oak woodlands better cope with threats and identify future threats to oak;
Assess the impacts of oak decline on biodiversity and ecosystem services and develop management options that help to reduce negative impacts;
Understand the interactions between pests/diseases, hosts, and the wider environment and humans to develop collaborative strategies for managing and living with AOD.
Forest Research is contributing to these objectives through its involvement in a number of the project’s Work Packages (WPs). In particular we are:
So far we have:
PuRpOsE started in 2016 and will complete in 2019.
Research Note Ecological implications of oak decline in Great Britain by Alice Broome, Victoria Stokes, Ruth Mitchell and Duncan Ray was published in 2021. The Note describes the ecological value of Great Britain’s native oaks, as reflected in the biodiversity supported by oaks and ecosystem functions oaks perform. Based on 30 case studies, the Note describes the characteristics of oak woodlands in Great Britain, the consequences of oak decline for oak-associated biodiversity and suggested management actions in preparation for, or in response to, oak decline. Supplementary Table 6s classes the ecological site conditions of the 30 case study sites and presents a list of tree and shrub species which would be suitable to establish at each of the sites. These tree and shrub species could support a large proportion of the ‘Highly’ and “Partially’ oak associated species considered to be present at case study sites.
This research is funded by the Living With Environmental Change Partnership under the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative.
The project is a partnership between University of Reading, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Forest Research, University of Oxford, The James Hutton Institute, Stockholm Environment Institute and University of York.
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