Impact of climate change on pests and diseases the spread of pests and diseases in Scotland

Project Lead: Adam Kleczkowski
Project Date: 1 November 2018 to 29 April 2019
Reference Number:
PHC2018/14
The movement of plant pests and pathogens into Scotland in likely to increase in the coming years, e.g. due to changes in trade, potentially increasing from outside Europe following Brexit, while their spread and severity could be affected by climate change (both positively and negatively). It is therefore vital that we understand the role of climate on the impacts of such pests and diseases across the whole of Scotland, in relation to the distribution of plant hosts, allowing us to target potential control options on the main threats. To allow plant health professionals and others to assess such impacts in as straight forward a way as possible, web- / desktop-based tools are needed that offer quick and easy access to complex computer models. These models should be as comprehensive as possible, allowing new information on pests, pathogens and their hosts to be added as it becomes available.

Impact: Easily accessible tool for stakeholders and government plant health officials to assess possible impacts of climate on pests and pathogens in Scotland.
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Mathematics and Statistics
Institution: University of Strathclyde
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Institution: University of Strathclyde
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Institution: University of Strathclyde
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Institution: University of Newcastle
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Institution: University of Cambridge