The BBSRC, Defra, ESRC, the Forestry Commission, NERC and the Scottish Government have awarded £7M to seven new research projects to improve understanding of tree pests and pathogens, and associated plant biosecurity as part of the multi-disciplinary Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative. (THAPBI).
Professor Tariq Butt of the BANP Group in Swansea University will be leading the initiative to look at Biological pest control of insects that threaten tree health. This project in is partnership with Robert Weaver, FERA and Dr Roger Moore, Forest Research.
The other six projects funded as part of the initiative are:
- Population structure and natural selection in the Chalara ash dieback fungus, Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus
Led by Professor James Brown, the John Innes Centre with FR partners Profesor Clive Brasier and Dr Joan Webber
- Identifying genomic resources against pests and pathogens in tree genera: a case study in Fraxinus
Led by Dr Richard Buggs, Queen Mary, University of London with FR partners Dr Steve Lee and Dr Helen McKay
- Promoting resilience of UK tree species to novel pests and pathogens: ecological Led by Dr Stephen Cavers, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology with FR partners Dr Joan Cottrell, Dr Anna Brown, Dr Roger Moore and Dr Mariella Marzano
- Modelling economic impact and strategies to increase resilience against tree disease outbreaks
Led by Dr Adam Kleczkowski, University of Stirling with FR partners Dr Steven Hendry, Dr Joan Webber and Dr Anna Brown
- New approaches for the early detection of tree health pests and pathogens
Led by Dr Rick Mumford, Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) with FR partners Dr Mariella Marzano and Dr Anna Brown
- Understanding public risk concerns: an investigation into the social perception, interpretation and communication of tree health risks. Led by Dr Clive Potter, Imperial College London with FR partner Dr Chris Quine
Follow this link to see the pdf flyer for each project above. THAPBI project flyer