Ramorum disease found in Scotland

Ramorum disease has been found in Japanese Larch trees in Scotland for the first time ever, sparking a mass felling operation by Forestry Commission Scotland.

The disease, caused by the pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, has been found in Japanese Larch trees in a Forestry Commission Scotland plantation on the Craignish Peninsula in Argyll.

In a bid to prevent the disease spreading, 1.25ha of trees are being felled in what Forestry Commission Scotland director Dr Bob McIntosh describes as a "real blow" to Scotland’s forestry.

The disease was first found in Britain in 2002 and has since been found on Japanese Larch in south-west England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Any suspected cases of ramorum disease in larch trees in Scotland should be reported to the Tree Health Diagnostic & Advisory Service (DDAS) at the Forestry Commission’s forest research arm in Midlothian.

Tel: 0131 445 2176

Email: ddas.nrs@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


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