New survey aims to find worst garden pests and diseases

A top 10 list of most important pests and diseases is the aim of new research by a biology masters student.

Lana Brace is a biology masters’ student conducting research for Royal Holloway University of London and the RHS.

She is working on a national survey that will show which pests and diseases are thought to be most important by the general public across the UK. 

She said: "By 'important' I mean the pests and diseases thought to be the biggest nuisances, which can be defined as causing a reduced yield, a decrease in aesthetic value (how the plant looks) or any other negative consequence that results from an interaction between the pest or disease and the plant.

"The outcome of my project is to produce a prioritised list of the top 10 most important pests and diseases in UK gardens – but for this to happen I need your help! Whether you venture out into your garden every day or just a few times a year, your views are needed just as much as the experts."

The survey will be available from February until late April/early May. 

The survey is now available, please click here.

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