Pest & Disease Alert - Staffordshire and Scotland see further ramorum outbreaks

Rhododendron on two sites in Staffordshire were found to be affected by Phytophthora ramorum towards the end of 2011.

Phytophthora ramorum affecting rhododendron - image: Forestry Commission
Phytophthora ramorum affecting rhododendron - image: Forestry Commission
Inspectors from the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) intercepted outbreaks on 29 November and 2 December.

Fera has flagged up a further incidence of the pathogen affecting rhododendron in Scotland. The plants were destroyed.

Scotland has seen a succession of Phytophthora outbreaks (ramorum and lateralis and kernoviae) mainly affecting rhododendron but also larch.

Meanwhile Forest Research has scheduled a Tree and Forest Health Days, aimed at raising awareness of new and existing pest and disease threats affecting forestry and land-use practitioners.

View Fera's Interception and Outbreak chart.

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