Sceptical Scot - Battling pests and diseases: Scotland’s new plant health centre

A new science centre of expertise has been set up to tackle threats to plant life in Scotland – but why do we need it?

The Scottish Government-funded Plant Health Centre of Expertise, which pulls together plant health specialists from ten institutions, has been launched to support Scotland in dealing with the many threats to its plant life across plant sectors including forestry, horticulture, environment and agriculture.

Reporting notifiable pests and diseases in the UK

Have you found, or suspect you have found, a non-native pest or disease in Scotland (or other region of the UK)?
If so, please report it as soon as possible. Click the title for a list of potential new threats and 'contacts for reporting'.

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.

Prof Ian Toth speaks about the Plant Health Centre at Fruit for the Future

Fruit for the Future is one of the James Hutton Institute’s most successful and long-running industry events and is aimed at farmers, agronomists, representatives of the food and drink industries, scientists and others interested in soft fruit.

Ian Toth updates the Pre-Basic Growers Association on the Plant Health Centre

Scotland's high health potato seed industry is central to the £4 billion potato industry in the UK. During a meeting that introduced aspects of new and ongoing potato research to the high health seed growers.

Prof Fiona Burnett introduces the Plant Health Centre at Cereals in Practice

The Plant Health Centre and plant health matters got a good airing at the Cereals in Practice event at Saphock Farm in Aberdeenshire - held on the 5th July, with 128 attendees plus a strong complement of supporting staff from JHI and SRUC.

Plant Health Centre: Helping keep Scotland's plants safe

Read about the Plant Health Centre in Farming Scotland Magazine.

A new Scottish Government Plant Health Centre of Expertise aims to help Scotland deal with threats from pests and diseases to plants across forestry, horticulture, environment and agriculture.

The Plant Health Centre at the Royal Highland Show

Plant Health Centre stand at the Royal Highland Show attracted lots of interest from all walks of life from politicians to school kids.

Prof Ian Toth meets the team at Beechgrove Garden

A big thank you for the warm welcome received from Jim McColl and the team at the Beechgrove Garden. It was a great chance to remind people to think twice before bringing plant material into Scotland.