With plentiful rain and long summer day lengths, Scotland produces some of the highest yielding and best quality crops in the world. But conditions that promote good crop growth are often good for pests and pathogens too and in Scotland 15-20% of our crops are lost to pests and diseases annually.
Scotland has a remarkable assemblage of species and habitats with Atlantic, montane, boreal, arctic-alpine, and oceanic habitats in close proximity. However, pests and pathogens represent an increasing threat to these natural assets, and a particular challenge is the sheer complexity of the diversity of the natural environment in terms of the number of species that may be impacted.
The sector represents a major component of Scotland’s rural economy – providing significant employment and raw materials for wood processing industries. Sustainable forest management seeks to deliver these economic benefits alongside important ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration and flood mitigation, provision of wildlife habitat and opportunities for recreation and a range of leisure activities. Pests and diseases threaten the continued long-term delivery of these benefits.
Scotland is renowned for the quality of its private and public horticultural collections, and its rich cultural history of plant collecting, allotments and gardening. Horticultural plantings are of significant economic value, as well as providing amenity, health and well-being, cultural and conservation resources. However, pest and pathogens represent a major threat to this highly diverse set of plantings.

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Import/Export Advice from DERFA - No Deal Brexit

There is a distinct possibility that the UK could leave the EU under a "no-deal" scenario.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has produced guidance documents to guide importers and exporters of plant products to help they determine, if there is a no deal Brexit, what the changes to import and export processes might mean for business.

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Threat: Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (Lso)

Status, Scottish specific issues, Plant Health Centre perspective and Key priorities and recommendations concerning the threat from Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum to Scotland 


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Our Highlighted Event

11 Sep 2019, 9am - 5pm

RBGE are running a workshop in Practical Plant Diagnostics on Wednesday 11th September 2019. PhD students, researchers, agronomists, horticulturalists, and anyone interested in plant diseases are invited to this one-day workshop covering:  

● core diagnostic skills

● diseases in crops, trees, and ornamental plants

● remote sensing and surveillance

● advances in molecular detection.

The workshop costs £65 including lunch and you can register for the event using the following link:

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PhD students, researchers, agronomists, horticulturalists, and anyone interested in plant diseases are invited to a one-day workshop on practical techniques in plant diagnostics covering core diagnostic skills; diseases in crops, trees, and ornamental plants; remote sensing and surveillance and