Oak health and Phytophthora control projects get £2m

Two new projects will share £2 million for research to help combat pest and disease threats to trees and plants under phase three of the publicly funded Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI).

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One will aim to forecast pests and pathogens affecting oak trees in future climate scenarios, and is led by Dr Rob Jackson, associate professor in molecular microbiology at the University of Reading.

The other will focus on minimising the threat from destructive Phytophthora pathogens and their spread in the plant trade, and is led by Forest Research pathologist and programme manager Dr Sarah Green.

The research will address knowledge gaps identified by Defra's Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Task Force and the objectives of the joint Defra/Forestry Commission Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Action Plan, and also help ensure the UK has increased research capacity and skills for dealing with plant health, and pests and pathogens.

Universities and science minister Jo Johnson said: "By protecting the science budget in real terms we can continue to invest in world-class science that delivers environmental benefits worldwide while ensuring everyone can continue to enjoy Britain's beautiful woodlands and forests."

THAPBI is funded under the Living With Environmental Change Partnership with support from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, Forestry Commission, Defra and the Scottish Government.

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