Defra Phytophthora review underway

A review has begun of the five-year Defra Phytophthora Programme for England and Wales, which is tackling Phytophthora ramorum and P.kernoviae in particular.

Stakeholder views are invited via an online survey being conducted by the Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA). which needs to be completed by 31 December 2012.

For full information about the review and to access the survey, follow the "Technical review of the Phytophthora programme" link under "Latest" at www.forestry.gov.uk/phytophthora.

The programme is implemented by FERA and the Forestry Commission, with the involvement of other organisations including Natural England, RHS and National Trust.

The review will consider the science and modelling work that has informed the programme, as well as issues of implementation and knowledge transfer to growers, the wider horticulture industry, forest managers and other key stakeholders.

It will also be used to inform future control strategies and for decisions on further management and funding.

A final report will be submitted to the UK Plant Health Strategy Board by the end of February 2013.

Further details on the review can be obtained from plant.biosecurity@fera.gsi.gov.uk.


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