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Tree diseases in forests: prevention is better than cure

New tree diseases are spreading to woodlands in Britain at an increasing rate causing greater damage to sustainable production of timber and the many other benefits that we get from our woods.  This is a particular concern given the Government’s commitment to a rapid increase in the area of woodland.  We don’t want to plant millions of trees that simply succumb to disease.  

Researchers in the Universities of Bangor, Strathclyde, Cambridge, Glasgow and Warwick, as well as the James Hutton Institute, have just published a full formal review of all the published evidence from around the temperate world about which options for forest management are most effective against tree diseases (Frontiers of Forestry & Global Change 3:7. doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2020.00007).  This has shown that measures taken after a pathogen has invaded a forest (such as felling diseased trees or those susceptible to infection) may only slow the spread of disease within the forest.  They rarely stop it.  Therefore, much the best approach would be to increase effective quarantine to reduce the rate of spread of new pathogens to a country or region, but this rarely seems to work.  The spores of many pathogens, such as that causing ash dieback disease, can travel far blown by the wind.

Publication date: 10 February 2020

Public Procurement Expo

An ‘Expo’: Public Procurement and meeting the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act Goals at Bangor University’s Neuadd Reichel Hall on Tuesday 4 February, will bring procurement officers from across the north Wales public sector, academics and other leaders in public procurement together to collaboratively explore how public bodies can use more sustainably produced, local food and meet the Well-being Goals.

Publication date: 30 January 2020

Could willow be the answer to better lamb growth?

A Woodland Trust media release

New research has shown willow trees could be used to optimise production in lambs because it has particularly high concentrations of cobalt and zinc.

The study sampled leaves from three native deciduous species – willow, alder and oak – from three sites across the UK and analysed their mineral, energy and protein content.

Publication date: 24 January 2020