Kath Tubby, BA, MA Oxon, MSc, DPhil

Research Scientist

Kath Tubby

Email: katherine.tubby@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5744
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Address:
Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Farnham
Surrey GU10 4LH
UK

Dr Katherine Tubby (née Thorpe) studied Zoology at Oxford University and Pest Management at Imperial College. She then obtained a DPhil in 1999, jointly funded by Forest Research and University of Ulster, studying the feeding ecology of a forestry insect pest.

Current role

Research Scientist

Conducts research into controlling plant pathogens of conifers, in particular Dothistroma needle blight (caused by Dothistroma septosporum) and root and butt rot (caused by Heterobasidion annosum). She provides a consultancy service to forest managers who use the biological control agent, PG Suspension, which Forest Research manufactures in house. She also investigates urban tree diseases with a current focus on Massaria disease caused by Splanchnonema (formerly Massaria) platani on London plane.

Current programmes

Research areas

  • Biological and chemical pest control
  • Urban tree diseases
  • Tree pathology

Affiliations and achievements

  • Member of the British Society for Plant Pathology

Main recent publications

Peer-reviewed publications

Thorpe, K. V. &  Webber, J. F. (2010). Pests and diseases threatening urban trees under a changing climate Forestry  83: 451-459

Thorpe, K. V. & Day, K. R. (2008). The relative importance of larval and adult diet on reproductive maturation in the large pine weevil, Hylobius abietis (L.). Journal of Agricultural and Forest Entomology. Vol. 10 (1) p. 53 - 59

Tubby, K. V., Scott, D. & Webber, J. F.  (2008). The relationship between stump treatment coverage using the biological control product PG Suspension, and control of Heterobasidion annosum on Corsican pine, Pinus nigra ssp. laricio. Forest Pathology. Vol. 38 (1), pp. 37

Tubby, K. V. (2008). Comparing biological stump treatments used against Heterobasidion root rot on pine and spruce in the UK. In M. Garbelotto & P. Gonthier (Editors). Proceedings of the 12th International Conferences on Root and Butt rots of Forest Trees. Berkeley, California – Medford, Oregon, 12th-19th August 2007. The University of California, Berkeley, USA, 2008. 268 pp. Pp 243-248.

Tubby, K. V. (2007). Use of biological control against a forest pathogen in the UK. CABI Biocontrol News and Information. December 2007 Vol. 28 No. 4 p. 8-10

Thorpe, K. (2006). Review: Diseases of trees and shrubs, W. A. Sinclair and Lyon, H. H.  Forestry. 79 (5) 612-613.

Thorpe, K. V. and Day, K. R. (2002). The impact of host plant species on the larval development of the large pine weevil Hylobius abietis L. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 4, p. 187-194.

Proceedings

Tubby, K. V. (2008). Comparing biological stump treatments used against Heterobasidion root rot on pine and spruce in the UK. In M. Garbelotto & P. Gonthier (Editors). Proceedings of the 12th International Conferences on Root and Butt rots of Forest Trees. Berkeley, California – Medford, Oregon, 12th-19th August 2007. The University of California, Berkeley, USA, 2008. 268 pp. Pp 243-248.

Thorpe, K. V. and Webber, J. F. W. (2005). Optimization of a biological control agent for Heterobasidion annosum in the UK. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Root and Butt Rot 2004. Poznan, Poland p.433-440

Moseley, D.,  Pratt, J., Pukkala, T., Thorpe, K., Tracey, D. and Woodward, S. (2004). Modelling H.annosum: Validating MOHIEF with real-time data from a species-susceptibility trials in Britain. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Root and Butt Rot 2004. Poznan, Poland p.485-493

Webber, J. F. and Thorpe, K. V. (2003). Potential for biological control of Heterobasidion annosum in the UK using Rotstop®. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Root and Butt Rot 2001, Quebec, Canada. p. 221-225

Contract reports

Tubby, K. V., Rose, D. R., Rose, J., Straw, N., Tilbury, C. and Taylor, P. (in press). A comparison of the health of non-woodland trees in England in 2005 and 2006. Arboriculture and Research Information Note. The Tree Advice Trust.

Tubby, K. V. (2006). Final Report on the Condition Survey of Non-woodland Amenity Trees (PDF-475K). Internal report: Forest Research, Farnham, UK.

Thorpe, K. V.,  J. Poole, D. R. Rose, J. Rose, N. Straw and C. Tilbury (2006). The Health of Non-Woodland Trees in England in 2004 (PDF-782K). Arboriculture and Research Information Note. The Tree Advice Trust.

Thorpe, K. V., Poole, J, Rose, D. R., Rose J. R., Straw, N. and C. Tilbury (2006).  The Health of Non-Woodland Trees in England in 2003 (PDF-93K).  Arboriculture Research and Information Note No. 154.  The Tree Advice Trust.

Thorpe, K. V., Rose, D. R., Rose J. R. and C. Tilbury (2005).  The Health of Non-Woodland Trees in England in 2001 and 2002 (PDF-105K).  Arboriculture Research and Information Note No. 153.  The Tree Advice Trust.

Lonsdale, D., MacAskill, G. A., Rose, D. R., Tilbury, C. and  Thorpe, K. V. (2003). The Health of Non-Woodland Amenity Trees in England during 1999 and 2000 (PDF-2215K). Arboriculture and Research Information Note. The Tree Advice Trust.

Wainhouse, D. Evans, H., Moore, R., Webber, J., Thorpe, K. and Staley, J. (2002). The Integrated Forest Management Programme ( PDF-1213K). Forest Research Annual Report and Accounts 2000-2001 p 43-47. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Other publications

Tubby, K. V. (2007). Use of Biological Control against a Forest Pathogen in the UK. CABI Biocontrol News and Information. December 2007 Vol. 28 No. 4 p. 8-10

Tubby, K. V. (2006). Monitoring amenity tree health in England: The condition survey of non-woodland amenity trees (PDF-1024K). Forest Research Annual Report and Accounts 2005-2006 p 36-43. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Thorpe, K. V. and Niemi, M. (2005). Complete Dossier for the inclusion of Phlebiopsis gigantea onto Annex 1 of EU Dir 91/414. November 2005.

Thorpe, K. V. (1999). The feeding ecology of the large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis L.) in relation to host plant resistance. D. Phil Thesis. University of Ulster, Coleraine. 197pp.

Popular articles

Tubby, K. V. & Rose, D. R. (2008). Problems on plane (PDF-437K). Pathology advisory note (7). Forest Research.

Tubby, K. V. (2006). Invasion of the conker snatchers. The horse-chestnut leaf miner, Cameraria ohridella. Treeline – Autumn 2006

Thorpe, K. V. and Blandford, N. (2005). Black day for Black Poplar. Tree Damage Alert. The Tree Advice Trust.

Thorpe, K. V. (2005). Blight strikes Manchester poplars. Treeline – Autumn 2005.

Webber, J. F. W. and Thorpe, K. V. (2005). Horse Chestnut Bleeding Canker. Treeline – Spring 2005. p15-16.

Webber, J. F. and Thorpe, K. V. (2004). Oh *** it – a foreign invader! (PDF-120K) Tree Damage Alert. The Tree Advice Trust.

Webber, J. F. and Thorpe, K. V. (2004). Horse chestnut bleeding canker. Tree Damage Alert 92. The Tree Advice Trust.

Patch, D. and Thorpe, K. V. (2002). Fo(u)r Ever-Green(s). Tree Damage Alert No. 77. The Tree Advice Trust.