Briefing 1214: Memory and prediction in tree disease control

This paper is summarised from RELU Policy and Practice Note No. 25 ‘Memory and prediction in tree disease control’

Year of Publication2011

Invasive diseases now pose a serious threat to trees, woodland and native plants in the UK. Despite early government action to reduce its impact, the current outbreak of ‘Sudden Oak Death’ continues to spread. Meanwhile, other diseases such as Acute Oak Decline, and the bleeding canker now affecting horse chestnuts, have established themselves and are proving difficult to control. Yet such challenges are not new. Policymakers, scientists, and the growing number of people and organisations with a stake in plant biosecurity, need to learn the lessons of previous tree disease epidemics when putting in place measures to anticipate and prevent future outbreaks.

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