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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New Disease Reports update September 2019

This month in New disease Reports -Stem rust (Puccina graminis) identified on spring barley in the UK adjacent to infected Berberis vulgaris

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Budworm C. fumiferana. Credits J. Dewey, USDA,

Threat: Bud worm

Status, Scottish specific issues, Plant Health Centre perspective and Key priorities and recommendations concerning the threat from the Eastern spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana), Western spruce budworm (C. freeman) and  Black headed budworm (Acleris gloverana and A. variana) to Scotland


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Our Highlighted Event

25 Feb 2020 9am - 26 Feb 2020 5pm

CPNB 2020 ("The Dundee Conference") covers Agri-environmental and Economic Aspects, Combinable Crops, and Potatoes.

There is a specially discounted rate for Students.

To read more about the conference and to register for the event (opens 1st November 2019) please click here

The Programme will include presentations on the opening day from the Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland (Gerry Saddler) and Plant Health Centre Director (Ian Toth) on plant health issues relevant to the sector.  

The Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain (CPNB) - Chaired by Fiona Burnett - Plant Health Centre Sector Lead for Agriculture - are please to announce the CPNB 2020 Conference entitled 'Environmental Management & Crop Production'.