With plentiful rain and long summer day lengths, Scotland producing 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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Potatoes in Practice a big success

Potatoes in Practice took pleace on 9 August 2018 at the James Hutton Institute's Balruddery Farm, Dundee for farmers, agronomists, industry, scientists and policymakers. Ian Toth spoke about the Plant Health Centre , which generated considerable interest for future plant health discussions with the potato industry in Scotland.

Ian Toth introduces the Plant Health Centre to international experts

Ian Toth introduces the Plant Health Centre to international experts during a visit to the International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP) in Boston, USA from 31st July -3rd August 2018.

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9 Aug 2018, 8am - 4pm

Balruddery Farm, Fowlis DD2 5LJ

Potatoes in Practice is the largest field-based potato event in the UK. The event brings together variety demonstrations, research and trade exhibits in one place making it an essential date in the potato industry calendar. Meet members of the industry and listen to Prof Ian Toth's