Free workshop on Phytophtora

Please find below an invitation to a free workshop on Phytophthora organised as part of the Phytothreats prokect.

On behalf of the Phyto-threats project (‘Global threats from Phytophthora species; Understanding drivers of emergence and opportunities for mitigation through nursery best practice’: I would like to invite you to attend a stakeholder workshop to be held at APHA, Sand Hutton, Nr York on Wednesday October 4th 2017, 10am – 4pm.
The aim of this workshop is to present some key Phyto-threats project findings to date which will help guide Phytophthora mitigation efforts, followed by a targeted discussion session to identify effective ways of giving nursery accreditation ‘teeth’.

The agenda includes:

  • Highlight of results from Phyto-threats nursery sampling from year 1 of the project showing which Phytophthoras tend to be found where in which nursery management systems and suggestions for mitigation (all participating nurseries will be anonymised).
  • Summary of Phyto-threats’ consumer surveys showing plant buying habits and consumer willingness to pay for accreditation.
  • Predicted impacts and risk analyses from global Phytophthora species and framing of a potential trade tool to help importers identify countries and trade routes most at risk of introducing new Phytophthora species to the UK.
  • Presentation on existing accreditation or best practice schemes in the UK; positives and pitfalls.
  • Presentation by Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer, outlining the Defra position on UK nursery accreditation.
  • Discussion session aimed at identifying ways of establishing and policing a UK-wide nursery accreditation scheme so that it is effective.

If you are interested in attending, please email me at
Have a look at this blog post to find out more about the workshop held in 2016:


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