Ash dieback: Research, funding and policy news - 3 April 2013

3rd Apr 2013

Ash dieback: new management plan launched

The government has produced a chalara or ash dieback management plan which sets out a number of actions to help reduce the spread of the disease.

Ash trees suffering with the infection have been found widely across Europe and at sites across Great Britain, including at urban landscaping schemes, newly planted woodland nurseries and in the wider environment, totalling 427 confirmed cases to date.

The Management Plan sets out action around four key objectives:

• Reducing the rate of spread of the disease

• Developing resistance to the disease in the native ash tree population

• Encouraging landowner, citizen and industry engagement in surveillance, monitoring and action in tackling the problem

• Building economic and environmental resilience in woodlands and in associated industries.

Woodland Trust responds to Government’s publication of Chalara (Ash Dieback) Management Plan

The Woodland Trust is pleased to see the detail we have pushed for, including practical guidance and financial assistance for landowners, is now included in the Government’s new management plan for Chalara in the UK.

RFS welcomes £1.5 million for Chalara research but calls for more support for landowners

The RFS has welcomed a £1.5 million research project to identify Chalara-resistant ash trees, but is appealing for an expansion of the ‘high priority’ area of support for landowners.


Scotland Tree Health Action plans launched

Forestry Commission Scotland has published three tree health action plans detailing specific and focused approaches to tackling three key tree diseases in Scotland.


Government to plant 250,000 trees to beat ash dieback

The government is to plant a quarter of a million ash trees in an attempt to find strains that are resistant to the fungus responsible for ash dieback.


How trees 35 and 18 could enable fight back against ash dieback

A pair of trees with high levels of resistance to the deadly ash dieback disease have been discovered, raising hopes that they could hold the key to saving Britain’s woodland from the fungus.

HTA UK Plant Biosecurity Conference : Preparing for the threats of tomorrow

Thursday 30th May 2013

FERA Headquarters, York

The issue of biosecurity has never been higher on the Government agenda and with changes on the cards for plant health regulation in the UK and the rest of the EU the HTA is organising a seminar to present and debate the issues.

The conference, organised in association with Confor, is entitled ‘UK Plant Biosecurity – Preparing for the threats of tomorrow’ and will be held at Fera headquarters near York on Thursday 30 May 2013. Following an opening address from Defra Minister, Lord de Mauley, the conference will hear from top plant health officials on the current threats facing the UK plant trade and an industry panel will debate the lessons learned from the 2012 Chalara outbreak.

For further details about attending the event, please contact


Ash dieback disease – Pest Alert

The Forestry Commission have published a Pest Alert note on ash dieback. This provides information on distribution, symptoms, how the disease spreads and what you can do to help, as well as some brief information on other disorders of ash trees.


Live online Q&A – cash for ash. Will it help?

Sequencing and analysing the genomes of the ash dieback fungus and of ash will provide the information needed to help nature recover from the current epidemic. Scientists are pooling their expertise in collaborative research funded by BBSRC. A Live Q&A took place on 11th March 2013, with questions being submitted via e-mail or by using the #oadb hashtag on Twitter. The results of the Q&A are available online.


Recent post on the OpenAshDieBack crowdsourcing hub:

Both mating types of Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus (Chalara fraxinea) are present at nursery, recent planting and natural spread sites


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