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New Disease Reports update February 2019

This month in New Disease Reports -First report of Nerine latent virus detected in evergreen perennial Haemanthus albiflos in the UK

Growing the Future Report

'Growing the Future' is a report from the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF), a special advisory committee of the Royal Society of Biology.

Published in January 2019, the report highlights to policymakers and others the excellence of plant science in the UK, and its importance to the biosciences, the economy, and society both at home and around the world.

Plant Health and biosecurity (pages 8-9) is seen as an important priority, with the Plant Health Centre acknowledged as a key mechanism 'to facilitate the mobilisation of plant science expertise to effect coordination of research and response efforts to major disease outbreaks' (page 9).

Impact on Scottish crops if the molluscicide metaldehyde is withdrawn

This report, commissioned by the Plant Health Centre, sets out estimates for the crop loss and value to Scottish crop production should the molluscicide metaldehyde be withdrawn. This would leave ferric phosphate as the only available chemical control option. Short term losses are negligible as the substitution of ferric phosphate carries no additional treatment costs and has equivalent efficacy. Longer term there is some risk should resistance arise to this single site mode of action active, and ferric phosphate (although of lower mammalian toxicity to metaldehyde) has some environmental impacts of its own.

New Disease Reports Update December 2018

This month in New Disease Reports - First report of Plantago asiatica mosaic virus being detected in Oriental hybrid lily (Lilium spp.) in the UK

Eight toothed spruce bark beetle found in Kent

Nicola Spence, the UK Chief Plant Health Officer states: "An outbreak of the eight-toothed spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) in an area of woodland in Kent has been confirmed. It poses no threat to human health but can be a serious pest of the spruce tree species. We are taking swift and robust action to limit the spread of this outbreak as part of our well-established biosecurity protocol used for tree pests and diseases. I encourage anyone who suspects a sighting of the bark beetle to report these to the Forestry Commission on the Tree Alert portal."

Source: Defra in the media 10th December 2018

2018 Biodiversity Science Conference

Prof Gerry Saddler (Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland) and Prof Chris Quine (Sector lead for Forestry) introduce the Plant Health Centre at the Biodiversity Science Conference at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 2018.


The Geographer: The Tay catchment - a Forestry perspective

Read the article by Prof Chris Quine (Sector Lead for Forestry) about the forests of the Tay catchment and the role that the Plant Health Centre can play in protecting them.

Importing and exporting plants if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect businesses or individuals that trade in plants and plant products with EU countries.

For more information go to 'Resources', 'Useful Links' and click on 'Plant health in a no-deal Brexit'