Ash dieback - research, funding and policy news: 10 July 2013

11th Jul 2013

All-Ireland Strategy to control Chalara dieback of ash trees

Forestry Ministers Michelle O’Neill and Minister of State Tom Hayes have agreed an All-Ireland Chalara Control Strategy. The strategy sets out the policy and actions which will be taken as part of the continued attempt to prevent Chalara ash dieback disease becoming established in Ireland.

The strategy is available to download on DARD website


Grant support to aid woodland owners affected by Chalara ash dieback in Northern Ireland

Forestry Minister Michelle O’Neill today announced grant support for woodland owners of recently planted ash trees affected by Chalara ash dieback to replant their woodland with alternative tree species.


Genome sequence for mother of ash dieback survival

The first sequence data for a survivor of the ash dieback epidemic has been made available by scientists from The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) as part of a research collaboration led by the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory. The data is available for analysis on crowdsourcing site OpenAshDieBack.


Defra tree health and plant biosecurity progress report – research

Progress on tree health and plant biosecurity research in the UK.


Tree Health Conference. Where do we go from here?

West Dean, nr Chicheste, West Sussex

Wednesday 24 July 2013

You will be aware that it seems likely that Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) will continue to spread and will impact on the South Downs and surrounding areas. In addition, Oak Processionary Moth, Acute Oak Decline and other pests, diseases and climate change have the potential to make a significant impact on the trees and woodlands of the South Downs and surrounding areas in terms of ecology, landscape and management.

We invite you to hear the latest information and work with us, the CLbA, NFU, Confor, ICF, RFS, Arboricultural Association and others to identify how, together, we can increase resilience to maintain and enhance our trees and woodlands for the future.



Crowdsourcing genomic analyses of ash dieback – power to the people

Thursday 19 September, 6-7pm

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF

Speaker: Professor Sophien Kamoun

This event is free and open to all. Tea and coffee will be served in the Library from 17.30 and there will be a wine reception following the event.


Recent posts on the OpenAshDieBack crowdsourcing hub:

mRNAseq analysis of primordial and mature fruiting bodies of H. pseudoalbidus

Both mating types of Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus (Chalara fraxinea) are present in Ashwellthorpe lower wood

Chalara-induced Ash dieback fungal fruiting bodies identified in Norfolk woodland

Putative alternative oxidase identified in Chalara fraxinea


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