Asian longhorn beetle Phytophthora ramorum Acute Oak Decline

Pests and diseases

Forests are complex ecosystems with a wide range of interacting organisms, some of which can cause significant damage to trees. Research is needed to monitor whether the threats evolve over time, for example as a result of environmental change or the introduction of new diseases, and how the risks can be managed.

Our challenge is to anticipate, prevent and manage new biosecurity threats and manage outbreaks of pests and diseases in trees.

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For further information contact:

Pathogens and abiotic disorders

Dr Joan Webber

Invertebrate pests

Dr. Nigel Straw

Mammalian and rodent pests

Prof. Chris Quine

Social dimensions of tree health

Dr. Mariella Marzano