Chalara ash disease – learning to live with it?

Woodland Matters

Reblogged from the tree diseases and pests website:

Trees need help

It’s official – chalara ash disease is here to stay. For confirmation, you need look no further than the front page title of the Government’s ‘Chalara Management Plan’, published on Tuesday 26th March. The interim version of the report, back in November last year, bore the label ‘Control Plan’. So it’s clear that, since then, the Government have got the message that chalara ash disease cannot be controlled, that it cannot be eradicated, there is no available cure or antidote that could be used on a wide scale and so the focus for action must now switch to how we manage the impact of the disease.

The Woodland Trust took every opportunity to offer our advice and views to Defra as the plan was being developed. So we find ourselves in the strange situation of welcoming the report (because it reflects some…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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