Plant Health – an update on Xylella

Xylella fastidiosa is a damaging bacterium whose symptoms include leaf scorch, wilt, dieback and plant death. It has caused significant mortality to olive trees in southern Italy and has been found on ornamental plants in Corsica, southern France, Germany and Spain. X. fastidiosa is transmitted by insects such as spittlebugs. If found in the UK, Xylella could have devastating consequences…

RHS Survey on Honey Fungus

The RHS has launched the Honey Fungus Hunt, a web-based survey to encourage members of the public to submit records of honey fungus in UK parks and gardens. Honey fungus is the common name of several species of fungi within the genus Armillaria. Honey fungus spreads underground, attacking and killing the roots of perennial plants and then decaying the…

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’: https://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/phytothreats) I would like to invite you to attend a stakeholder workshop to be held at…

Nursery resilience against Phytophthora

A workshop was held in October 2016 at the headquarters of APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency) on ‘Improving nursery resilience against threats from Phytophthora’. A report on the workshop, as well as copies of the presentations are available here: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/BEEH-AGMJ6R The workshop was part of a collaborative research project, PHYTOTHREATS, involving seven institutions from across Britain, which…

Workshop on improving resilience against Phytophthora

The Forestry Commission is organizing a workshop on Thursday 6th October 2016 in York exploring opportunities for reducing Phytophthora risks to the plant trade and natural environment. The workshop will feature pest & disease management experiences; a focus session on nursery accreditation, and science updates. For more information visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/phytothreats The workshop will be held at APHA Plant Health…