Trees suffer from a wide array of diseases and disorders. Some are caused by living agents, such as fungi and bacteria, others by non-living agents such as frost and drought. Yet others are of complex origin, involving the interaction of several causal agents.
New problems are constantly appearing as a result of changes in the behaviour of disease-causing organisms, in tree care practices, in features of the environment, etc.
It is the role of the pathologist to investigate instances of damage, determine the cause and develop control measures or management strategies.
Pathology research within Forest Research encompasses trees in all settings:
- Ancient woodlands
- Commercial plantations
- Parks, gardens and streets.
Disease diagnosis and advice
Information on disease problems is in great demand by foresters and arboriculturists. Pathologists in Forest Research produce books, leaflets, photo-guides and computer applications that can be used by experts, forest managers and the layman to identify some of the causes of ill-health. These include:
- Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service
This service provides nationwide diagnosis, identification and advice on tree diseases.
Pathology research contributes to programmes within:
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