Welcome to the August 2019 issue of the Plant Health Centre’s newsletter. In this issue we review some of the 14 projects we have funded in our first year, including a new web resource for plant diseases in the natural environment, the distribution and identification of psyllid vectors for the potato zebra chip pathogen in Scotland, improvements to our national surveillance monitoring for …
The Plant Health Centre is working with the Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland and other stakeholders to strengthen contingency plans for Scotland against Xylella fastidiosa and the possible incursions of other harmful pests and pathogens. Three projects have been commissioned by the Centre, building on work being conducted across Europe.
The Plant Health Centre holds its stakeholder launch event, with the outcomes of a series of workshops now available on the web site. See also our commissioning of actions to improve the Xylella fastidiosa emergency response plans and other Centre activities this quarter.
Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Plant Health was launched on 1st February at SASA (Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture) by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Mr Fergus Ewing. Mr Ewing said “Protecting Scotland from the environmental, economic and social consequences of plant pest and disease threats is becoming increasingly challenging.