Plant Health Centre - Strengthening plant health in Scotland https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/ en The Iconic Caledonian Scots Pine: A New Health Threat and its Implications for Management https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/blog/iconic-caledonian-scots-pine-new-health-threat-and-its-implications-management <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Iconic Caledonian Scots Pine: A New Health Threat and its Implications for Management</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/319" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">katherine.odonnell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/01/2024 - 12:09</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Caledonian pine is the name given to endemic Scots pine (<em>Pinus sylvestris</em>) which colonised Britain following the last ice age. These populations are found in the Scottish Highlands and despite their fragmented nature have huge ecological, conservation and cultural value due to the host of native flora and fauna which they support. For this reason, Scots pine is regarded as Scotland’s most iconic tree species. Recently however, attention has been drawn to a new health threat to Caledonian pine which is manifesting itself in the form of unusually abundant blackened cankers and dieback of shoots and branches, particularly in the lower crown.</p> <p><br /> In a project funded by the Scottish Plant Health Centre, <a href="https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/node/591" title="Sarah Green">Sarah Green</a> (Forest Research), <a href="https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/people/joanne-taylor" title="Joanne Taylor">Jo Taylor</a> (RBGE) and colleagues investigated the geographical distribution of symptoms on native and non-native Scots pine, identified and described the causal agents, and used historical, ecological and genetic information to shed light on this new health threat.</p> <p><br /> Typical symptoms of multiple black cankers and lower crown dieback were found on Scots pine across most regions of Scotland with an additional report from Devon, England. Trees were affected in native Caledonian pine forests, new native woodland plantings, commercial plantations as well as amenity and shelterbelt plantings. One of the primary causal agents was found to be the very distinctive yet previously rare fungus, <em>Curreya pithyophila</em>. This fungus forms a black stroma which encircles shoots, branches and sometimes the main stems of Scots pine, typically at branch junctions. The fungus itself remains superficial, but encased beneath the black fungal stroma are thriving nymph colonies of the native Scots pine woolly adelgid, <em>Pineus pini</em>, an aphid-like insect which feeds on the tree, initiating wounds. These wounds are then invaded by a longstanding wound pathogen of pine, <em>Crumenulopsis sororia</em>, a fungus which causes the blackened, perennating cankers that expand, killing branches.</p> <img alt="Curreya pithyophila on branches" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d678fe1f-f3ed-43cf-bc55-890446c13c66" height="426" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/inline-images/C.%20pithyophila%20on%20branches_0.jpg" width="510" class="align-center" loading="lazy" /><p><br /> Using information gained from past literature, and morphological and genetic analyses of fungal isolates collected from Scotland and Devon, the authors surmise that the current population of <em>C. pithyophila</em> in the UK comprises two distinct but co-occurring species. Historical reports suggest that previous <em>C. pithyophila</em> outbreaks occurred on plantation Scots pine in Perthshire in the 1900s and in north-east Scotland during the 1960s, with sporadic findings on individual trees from the 1970s onwards. The relatedness of current specimens of <em>C. pithyophila</em> to the fungal specimens which caused the previous outbreaks is unknown. Further investigations are required to understand the drivers behind this new, widespread outbreak of <em>C. pithyophila</em> on Scots pine in Scotland. These investigations will focus on determining whether one or both forms of <em>C. pithyophila</em> in Scotland represent new introductions into the UK or whether climatic factors have triggered the outbreak.</p> <p><br /> Since our research into this disease is still at an early stage it is hard to give an informed prognosis for the future health of Scots pine in Scotland. However, given that the presence of the adelgid is required for colonisation by <em>C. pithyophila</em>, that weak or stressed trees appear most susceptible, and infestations typically start on the lower branches, the authors offer the following interim recommendations for the management of Scots pine.</p> <h3>Scots pine management recommendations</h3> <ul><li>Plant only healthy stock which is visibly free of adelgids or fungal infection</li> <li>Source stock that has been propagated and grown in the UK by a reputable nursery, preferably one that is Plant Healthy certified <a href="https://planthealthy.org.uk/">Welcome to Plant Healthy - Plant Healthy</a></li> <li>Only plant Scots pine on sites that are deemed suitable for this species. The Ecological Site Classification (ESC) tool can be used to assess site suitability <a href="https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/fthr/ecological-site-classification/">Ecological Site Classification (ESC) - Forest Research</a></li> <li>Match Scots pine provenance to site to ensure maximum vigour</li> <li>Early brashing to remove susceptible lower branches may help prevent the disease establishing</li> </ul><p> </p> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-blog-comments field--type-comment field--label-hidden comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/140" hreflang="en">Scots pine</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" hreflang="en">Caledonian pine</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/142" hreflang="en">Dieback</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/143" hreflang="en">Outbreak</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/144" hreflang="en">Plant Health Threat</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/145" hreflang="en">Adelgid</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/113" hreflang="en">Forestry</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/139" hreflang="en">Natural Environment</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/blog-images/Scots%20pine%20branches_0.jpg" width="3000" height="1800" alt="Curreya pithyophila on branches" title="Curreya pithyophila on branches" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Mon, 08 Jan 2024 12:09:48 +0000 katherine.odonnell 1402 at https://www.planthealthcentre.scot https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/blog/iconic-caledonian-scots-pine-new-health-threat-and-its-implications-management#comments No breeding population of Ips typographus found around port of Grangemouth https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/news/no-breeding-population-ips-typographus-found-around-port-grangemouth <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">No breeding population of Ips typographus found around port of Grangemouth</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/57" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">damian.bienkowski</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/12/2023 - 13:07</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Surveys carried out by Scottish Forestry and Forest Research in the woodlands surrounding the port of Grangemouth have revealed no evidence of a wider breeding population of Ips typographus. </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/styles/large/public/2023-12/Ips%20typographus%20from%20SF%20tweet.jpg?itok=TFc_ZEZz" width="480" height="320" alt="Ips typographus" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2023-12-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">8th December 2023</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-editor paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--783"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Aerial and ground surveys in the woodlands surrounding the port of Grangemouth conducted by Scottish Forestry's tree health team and and expert entomologists from Forest Research have revealed no evidence of a wider breeding population of <em>Ips typographus</em>. Spruce tree canopy surveys will continue throughout the winter season.</p> <p>The <em>Ips typographus</em> beetle has had a damaging effect on spruce trees across mainland Europe, and a beetle was found in a trap in woodland close to Grangemouth in September 2023 (there are breeding populations in the South of England).</p> <p>Absence of breeding populations is clearly good news for Scotland's forestry sector and the wider natural environment.</p> <p>Further information on this new can be found on the <a href="https://forestry.gov.scot/news-releases/no-breeding-population-of-beetle-found-in-wider-environment" rel=" noopener" target="_blank" title="Scottish Forestry news article on Ips typographus story">Scottish Forestry website</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 08 Dec 2023 13:07:33 +0000 damian.bienkowski 1401 at https://www.planthealthcentre.scot Cultivating Scotland’s Plant Health Expertise: The achievements and future of the Plant Health Centre https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/blog/cultivating-scotlands-plant-health-expertise-achievements-and-future-plant-health-centre <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cultivating Scotland’s Plant Health Expertise: The achievements and future of the Plant Health Centre</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/319" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">katherine.odonnell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 30/11/2023 - 10:47</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This year the Scottish Government, through RESAS, has renewed its support of Plant Health Centre until 2026. As we start the next chapter of the Centre, we reflect on the achievements we have made in the last 5 years.</p> <p>We are very proud of the progress made during the first programme of the PHC which ran from 2018-23. The PHC was set up as a dedicated virtual centre of expertise to tackle plant health challenges in Scotland. To strengthen our resilience by bringing together scientific knowledge and capabilities across trees, crops and the natural environment. It acts as a focal point for disseminating knowledge and advice rapidly and building capacity to help respond to any new plant health threats. The sheer scale of plant health issues facing Scotland, in terms of the plants affected, the different sectors reliant on healthy plants and the pests and diseases responsible, have made it necessary to reach out to a wide range of different actors across multiple scientific disciplines and stakeholder areas.</p> <p>Our Directorate has some of Scotland’s leading experts on forestry, horticulture, natural environment and agriculture who, over time, have learned to speak a common language and gain an appreciation of other sectors and how solutions in one sector may be applied to others. To further strengthen ties between sectors, one of our goals has been to encourage projects with multi-sector relevance. This has included our ‘<a href="https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/key-principles">key principles</a>’, which have provided a high-level step-by-step guide to plant health for a wide range of plant-based activities; a resource that has since been used in other projects, e.g. to provide more bespoke guidance for managing threats in the natural environment.</p> <img alt="Figure 1. The Plant Health Centre’s Key Principles" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1fbd2e64-f144-48f1-9b07-09a223db933e" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/inline-images/KeyP.PNG" class="align-center" width="479" height="676" loading="lazy" /><p class="MsoNormal">Figure 1. The Plant Health Centre’s Key Principles</p><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">Close contact with Scottish Government, particularly via the Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland and the plant and tree health policy teams, has allowed us to keep abreast of changes in policy and how this might affect plant health. We have commissioned <a href="https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/projects" title="Plant Health Centre projects">45 projects</a> over the past 5 years. The PHC has really brought the sectors together to tackle plant health issues with 60% of these projects addressing the needs of 3 or more sectors.</p> <img alt="Plant Health Centre Key Performance Metrics" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ca0f449c-a8c2-4adb-afba-263a4b184498" height="880" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/inline-images/5%20year%20infographic_0.jpg" width="495" class="align-center" loading="lazy" /><p>Figure 2. The Plant Health Centre’s Key Performance Metrics 2018-2023</p> <p>Below we highlight some of the topics of focus for the plant health centre during its first phase.</p> <p><em>Xylella fastidiosa</em><br /> Of all the threats that need to be triaged and then dealt with, <em>Xylella fastidiosa</em> has been of particular concern, targeting over 500 potential plant species that include the iconic oak woodlands of Scotland. Our work has provided Scottish Government with Scottish- centric data on Xylella for use in their contingency planning – not least the potential role of our extensive heathlands in spreading the pathogen should it arrive. We have also built a fantastic team of Xylella experts across the UK, who can be called upon in the future to assist should the need arise. Such outcomes and teams are reflected in a host of other project areas, allowing us to build a wealth of knowledge and expertise in these areas.</p> <p>Plant Health and the Natural Environment<br /> The Natural Environment sector underpins Scotland’s landscapes, biodiversity, rural industries and recreational activities, but plant health awareness is less well developed than in the other sectors (forestry, horticulture and agriculture). A fellowship, in collaboration with NatureScot, highlighted serious habitat creation/restoration biosecurity shortcomings, identifying many pests potentially damaging to Sottish dwarf shrub heathlands, and developed a <a href="https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/2023-09/biosecurity_best_practice_for_conservation_web.pdf" title="Biosecurity best practice for conservation">framework</a> to address biosecurity risk assessment.</p> <p>Integrated Pest Management  <br /> There are several drivers for reducing reliance on pesticides and promoting the uptake of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The centre has commissioned several research projects focused on Integrated Pest Management in order to identify barriers to uptake and opportunities in Scotland. The Scottish <a href="https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/scottish-ipm-assessment-plan" title="IPM assesment plan">IPM Assessment Plan</a> has been enhanced and is now housed on the Plant Health Centre website. The aim of the plan is to give users simple tool to baseline practices and track the impact of changes.</p> <h2><headings2>The Recommissioned Plant Health Centre</headings2></h2> <p>What was once a disparate collection of Scottish stakeholders and researchers, with little if any coordination around plant health, is now a tightly knit community that works together to lessen the threat of plant pests and pathogens across sectors in Scotland through a co-ordinated exchange of knowledge and skills.</p> <p>We have added impact officers for each of the sectors to increase the regularity and granularity of communications with stakeholders, ensuring that stakeholder needs are identified and shared with the Centre’s directorate. These evidence or improved knowledge exchange needs are then developed into the Centre’s open project calls. We have also included a Communications Officer to enhance the visibility and reach of Centre’s outputs.</p> <p>Within the last 5 years the number of threats in the UK Plant Health Risk Register has increased from 977 in 2018 to over 1400 currently, trade volumes and sites of origin continue to change, and climate remains a major concern. There will be plenty of plant health issues to delve into in our new programme and we look forward to continuing this work and building onto the strong base that we have created.</p> <p>We look forward to engaging with all our stakeholders and hope to see you at Scotland’s Plant Health Conference in 2024, see you then!</p> <p> </p> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-blog-comments field--type-comment field--label-hidden comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/139" hreflang="en">Natural Environment</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/113" hreflang="en">Forestry</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/116" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/114" hreflang="en">Horticulture</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/blog-images/PHC5year.JPG" width="573" height="496" alt="Scottish landscape" title="Scottish landscape" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Thu, 30 Nov 2023 10:47:48 +0000 katherine.odonnell 1400 at https://www.planthealthcentre.scot https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/blog/cultivating-scotlands-plant-health-expertise-achievements-and-future-plant-health-centre#comments Identifying the plant health risks associated with plant waste disposal and peat-free growing media and developing best practice guidance for waste disposal and composting across sectors https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/publications/identifying-plant-health-risks-associated-plant-waste-disposal-and-peat-free-growing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Identifying the plant health risks associated with plant waste disposal and peat-free growing media and developing best practice guidance for waste disposal and composting across sectors</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/34" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Sonia.Humphris@hutton.ac.uk">Sonia.Humphris…</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/03/2023 - 13:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-authors field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/people/matt-elliot" hreflang="en">Matt Elliot</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/people/sarah-green" hreflang="en">Sarah Green</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/people/audrey-litterick" hreflang="en">Audrey Litterick</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/people/alistair-yeomans" hreflang="en">Alistair Yeomans</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Final Report and Policy Document</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/sectors/forestry" hreflang="en">Forestry</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/sectors/horticulture" hreflang="en">Horticulture</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/sectors/environment" hreflang="en">Environment</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-projects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/projects/assessment-large-scale-plant-biosecurity-risks-scotland-non-specialist-and-online" hreflang="en">Assessment of large-scale plant biosecurity risks to Scotland from non-specialist and online horticultural sales</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/projects/assessment-large-scale-plant-biosecurity-risks-scotland-large-scale-plantings-landscaping" hreflang="en">Assessment of large-scale plant biosecurity risks to Scotland from large scale plantings for landscaping and infra-structure projects</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/projects/assessment-large-scale-plant-biosecurity-risks-scotland-large-scale-tree-plantings" hreflang="en">Assessment of large-scale plant biosecurity risks to Scotland from large scale tree plantings for environmental benefits</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/projects/biosecurity-practices-support-plant-health-review-knowledge-and-practice" hreflang="en">Biosecurity practices to support plant health: a review of knowledge and practice </a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/projects/identifying-plant-health-risks-associated-plant-waste-disposal-and-peat-free-growing-media" hreflang="en">Identifying the plant health risks associated with plant waste disposal and peat-free growing media, and developing best practice guidance for waste disposal and composting across sectors</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/projects/biosecurity-plant-health-better-justification-precautionary-measures" hreflang="en">Biosecurity for plant health: better justification of precautionary measures </a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/projects/plant-waste-management-knowledge-exchange" hreflang="en">Plant waste management knowledge exchange</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">March 2023</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-abstract field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Abstract</div> <div class="field__item"><p style="text-align:justify">This research focussed on two areas of biosecurity that provide significant risk to plant businesses and the wider environment in Scotland, i) plant waste management, and ii) the constituents of reduced-peat and peat-free growing media. Workshops were conducted with stakeholders in plant production (horticulture, agriculture, and forestry), park and garden management and managers of the natural environment, and a review of policy and related literature was performed to increase understanding of current practices and identify barriers to change for these aspects of biosecurity. Diagnostic work was also undertaken to provide evidence of the biosecurity risks posed by Phytophthora spp. in plant waste heaps and constituents of reduced-peat and peat-free growing media.  The results indicated that biosecurity risk from plant waste is high, with two quarantine-regulated species, P. ramorum and P. austrocedri being identified.  The findings also indicated that a thorough assessment of the potential plant health risks posed by each of the major constituents used in peat-free compost is required.</p> <p> </p> <p>An evidence-led <a href="https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/2023-03/PHC2021_02%20Plant%20Waste%20Guidance.pdf" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">best practice guidance</a> was produced to provide clear advice on how to achieve a well-managed waste disposal/re-use strategy. Through a targeted programme of knowledge exchange (<a href="https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/projects/plant-waste-management-knowledge-exchange" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">PHC2023/03</a>) this guidance has been shared with those managing waste in plant nurseries, gardens, parks and other plant handling businesses and is part of the Plant Health Management Standard so that organisations and businesses that are applying to become Plant Healthy Certified can identify what is required to raise their biosecurity standards.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-files field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">File Downloads</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/2023-03/PHC2021_02%20Plant_waste_disposal_%20Final_Report.pdf" type="application/pdf">PHC2021_02 Plant_waste_disposal_ Final_Report.pdf</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/2023-03/PHC2021_02%20Plant_waste_disposal_Policy_Summary.pdf" type="application/pdf">PHC2021_02 Plant_waste_disposal_Policy_Summary.pdf</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/2023-03/PHC2021_02%20Plant%20Waste%20Guidance.pdf" type="application/pdf">PHC2021_02 Plant Waste Guidance.pdf</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/2023-10/PHC2023_03%20Plant%20Waste%20Management%20KE_Summary%20Report.pdf" type="application/pdf">PHC2023_03 Plant Waste Management KE_Summary Report.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/styles/medium/public/2023-03/Plant%20Waste%20Dump.jpg?itok=HY647n6j" width="220" height="147" alt="Plant Waste Dump" title="Plant Waste Dump" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium" /> </div> Fri, 03 Mar 2023 13:33:55 +0000 Sonia.Humphris@hutton.ac.uk 1344 at https://www.planthealthcentre.scot Bulletin Newsletter Issue 11 https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/newsletter/bulletin-newsletter-issue-11 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bulletin Newsletter Issue 11</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/57" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">damian.bienkowski</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 01/02/2023 - 09:31</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The 11<sup>th</sup> issue of our newsletter bulletin - updating you on recent activities of the Plant Health Centre</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file field--type-file field--label-hidden field__item">/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/2023-02/plant_health_centre_news_bulletin_-_issue_11.pdf</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/styles/newsletter_thumbnail/public/2023-02/bulletin_issue_11_front_page.jpg?itok=_QjQFAus" width="104" height="128" alt="front page of the 11th bulletin newsletter" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-newsletter-thumbnail" /> </div> Wed, 01 Feb 2023 09:31:51 +0000 damian.bienkowski 1342 at https://www.planthealthcentre.scot Bulletin Newsletter Issue 10 https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/newsletter/bulletin-newsletter-issue-10 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bulletin Newsletter Issue 10</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/57" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">damian.bienkowski</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 29/07/2022 - 13:39</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-description field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The 10th issue of our newsletter bulletin - updating you on recent activities of the Plant Health Centre</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file field--type-file field--label-hidden field__item">/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/2022-07/plant_health_centre_news_bulletin_-_issue_10.pdf</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/styles/newsletter_thumbnail/public/2022-07/bulletin_first_page_large.jpg?itok=hwcaGJ9G" width="104" height="128" alt="First page of the 10th Bulletin Newsletter" title="First page of the 10th Bulletin Newsletter" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-newsletter-thumbnail" /> </div> Fri, 29 Jul 2022 12:39:30 +0000 damian.bienkowski 1329 at https://www.planthealthcentre.scot Scotland's Plant Health Conference 2022 https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/events/scotlands-plant-health-conference-2022 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Scotland&#039;s Plant Health Conference 2022</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/57" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">damian.bienkowski</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 29/03/2022 - 11:20</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/styles/event_home_page_image/public/2022-03/twitter%20pic.jpg?itok=lDVoN2mk" width="440" height="154" alt="Conference invitation picture" title="Conference invitation picture" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-event-home-page-image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-event-location field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-daterange field--label-hidden field__item">1 Jun 2022 9am - 1 Jun 2022 4pm</div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-editor paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--746"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We are pleased to invite you to register for Scotland’s Plant Health Conference 2022, which will take place in-person at the Apex City Quay hotel, Dundee on Wednesday the 1st of June 2022.</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scotlands-plant-health-conference-2022-tickets-288421505487">Register via Eventbrite</a></p> <p>This one-day conference will again be a joint event bringing together the Plant Health Forum and the Plant Health Centre annual event. The event is targeted at stakeholders from, and involved in, the horticulture, landscaping, forestry, and agriculture sectors and aims to increase stakeholder awareness of plant biosecurity and current plant/tree health issues.</p> <p>We are happy to announce that Ms Slater, Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity has kindly agreed to open the event and give a welcome address.</p> <p>The City Quay hotel is a short walk from the railway and bus stations, and if you are considering staying over before or after the conference, then a discount code for the hotel is available when you register. Proceedings will follow in the coming weeks once speakers are confirmed. Please forward this information to any colleagues and associates that you think might be interested in attending.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 29 Mar 2022 10:20:26 +0000 damian.bienkowski 1287 at https://www.planthealthcentre.scot Climate Change Bites https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/events/climate-change-bites <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Climate Change Bites</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/57" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">damian.bienkowski</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/10/2021 - 13:53</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/styles/event_home_page_image/public/2021-10/Climate%20change%20bites%20-%20Twitter.png?itok=zKkEhis7" width="440" height="154" alt="Climate Change Bites" title="Climate Change Bites" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-event-home-page-image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-event-location field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Learn more and register: Climate Change Bites Tickets, Thu 21 Oct 2021 at 11:00 |<a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/climate-change-bites-tickets-180020224337?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch" target="_blank"> Eventbrite</a></span></span><br /><br />  </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-daterange field--label-hidden field__item">21 Oct 2021 11am - 21 Oct 2021 1pm</div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-editor paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--739"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Our Director, Prof Ian Toth will be on the panel at Climate Change Bites, a BBSRC virtual event exploring the future of diseases spread by insects &amp; ticks and the impacts on our health and food.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Oct 2021 12:53:48 +0000 damian.bienkowski 1258 at https://www.planthealthcentre.scot Knowledge Bank https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/blog/knowledge-bank <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Knowledge Bank</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">KHayden@rbge.org.uk</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/07/2020 - 18:02</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In the Plant Health Centre’s inaugural year, a resource gap was identified by stakeholders from the Natural Environment sector; there was no central location for information on plant health threats to the Natural Environment in Scotland. To address this, the PHC commissioned Joanne Taylor and myself (both from RBGE) to create an online ‘Knowledge Bank’ to fill this resource gap (<a href="/projects/development-online-user-friendly-plant-health-resource-bank-natural-environment" target="_blank">PHC2018/11</a>). This <a href="/knowledge-bank/environment" target="_blank">Knowledge Bank</a> has been live since May 2019, and has created a ‘one-stop-shop’ that provides practical information and action recommendations on plant health in the Natural Environment, receiving over 600 page views to date.</p> <p>Following on from the success of this resource, the PHC recognised that for the remaining three sectors (Forestry, Agriculture and Horticulture) information on plant health was widely available, but that the quality and relevance to Scotland was often not clear. Therefore, in 2019, Joanne and I were again commissioned by the PHC (<a href="/projects/expansion-phc-online-plant-health-resource" target="_blank">PHC2019/07</a>) to expand this online Knowledge Bank to the Agriculture, Horticulture, and Forestry sectors, to signpost users and practitioners to relevant and reliable information, and to address a broad spectrum of plant health topics from diagnostics and control to outreach and education. We compiled and evaluated information sources for each of these three sectors, and compiled them into sections of the Knowledge Bank to each sector, all of which are now online on the PHC website. Together with the original Natural Environment knowledge bank, these make up a comprehensive and unique signposting resource for plant health information with relevance to Scotland:</p> <p><a href="https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/knowledge-bank">https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/knowledge-bank</a></p> <p>Resources include 150 unique, reliable sources drawn from governmental, non-governmental/charitable (NGO and private sectors, as well as other knowledge networks such as news media and research extension hubs). While each section of the Knowledge Bank was tailored to a sector, common information sources were shared between them. The Knowledge Bank represents a direct response to stakeholders’ priorities: a source for reliable plant health information. It also offers a structure that can be populated with new information from the PHC, and within and across sectors, as it becomes available.</p> <p>As part of the industry event “Arable Scotland” (2nd July 2020), I created a short screencast on how to use the knowledge bank, with the Agriculture sector as an example. Please take a look at this video if you would like a personal guided tour of this resource!</p> <p class="text-align-right">-Katy Hayden, RBGE</p> <p> </p> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-blog-comments field--type-comment field--label-hidden comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/117" hreflang="en">Environment</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/113" hreflang="en">Forestry</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/116" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/114" hreflang="en">Horticulture</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/blog-images/Knowledge%20Bank.png" width="586" height="121" alt="Knowledge Bank" title="Knowledge Bank" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-video field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><article class="media media--type-video media--view-mode-default"> </article> </div> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:02:25 +0000 KHayden@rbge.org.uk 1152 at https://www.planthealthcentre.scot https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/blog/knowledge-bank#comments Social Distancing Advice for Horticulture, Fruit & Vegetable Industry Sector https://www.planthealthcentre.scot/news/social-distancing-advice-horticulture-fruit-vegetable-industry-sector <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Social Distancing Advice for Horticulture, Fruit &amp; Vegetable Industry Sector</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/34" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Sonia.Humphris@hutton.ac.uk">Sonia.Humphris…</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 13/05/2020 - 14:56</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Scottish Government have issued social distancing guidance for the Horticulture, Fruit and Vegetable Industry Sector to support stakeholders develop safe working practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/www.planthealthcentre.scot/files/styles/large/public/2020-05/greenhouse.jpg?itok=kYU5kt4A" width="480" height="320" alt="Glasshouse, nursery " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2020-05-13T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">13th May 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text-editor paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--689"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Scottish Government have issued <a href="https://www.sasa.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Social%20distancing%20guidance%20-%20horticulture%20fruit%20and%20vegetable%20sectors%20%20-%206th%20May%202020.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">social distancing guidance</a> for the Horticulture, Fruit and Vegetable Industry Sector to support stakeholders develop safe working practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19.</span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 13 May 2020 13:56:08 +0000 Sonia.Humphris@hutton.ac.uk 1124 at https://www.planthealthcentre.scot