argylesock says… Here in Britain, we’re seeing far too many emerging disease threats to our trees (see my ’emerging disease’ tag). So I’m grateful to timr at Green Living London for telling us about this new LIFE+ ObservaTREE project beginning. When I see news of how it’s developing, I’ll tell you.
Tree health experts have secured nearly a million pounds of EU funding over four years to develop the LIFE+ ObservaTREE, an early warning system of pest and disease threats to the UK’s trees.
Led by the research agency of the Forestry Commission, the project will help to identify tree health problems earlier, and enable members of the public and voluntary bodies to play a greater role in protecting woodland health by reporting incidents.
The UK has seen an increase in the incidence of new tree pests and diseases over the past decade, partly due to the expansion and globalisation of trade in live plants and wood products. Trade routes can act as pathways for the introduction of new pests and diseases, and ObservaTREE will enable vigilance for new threats to be stepped up. The project’s partners include the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), the Woodland Trust and the National Trust.
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