Steve Hendry, BSc, PhD

Project Manager

Steve Hendry


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5944
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Steve gained a BSc in Botany from the University of Edinburgh in 1988 and was awarded a PhD by the University of Wales (Cardiff) in 1993 for his research into the pathology of environmentally-stressed beech trees. Following a period as a freelance botanist, he was employed as a wood scientist by the Building Research Establishment in 1995 and spent the next three years investigating and providing advice on various aspects of timber biodeterioration. Steve joined Forest Research as a forest pathologist in 1998.

Current role

Project Manager

Responsibilities include providing advice on tree diseases in northern Britain and conducting / managing research on the condition of Britain's forests, dieback and Phytophthora disease in alder and the enhancement of resistance to Heterobasidion annosum root and butt rot in Sitka spruce.

Current programmes

Forest condition survey (Level I)
Project Manager
Monitoring the condition of British forests to meet international commitments to the EU and UN-ECE, and providing data on forest health to inform UK forestry policy and support the UK forestry industry.

Phytophthora diseases of broadleaf species
Project manager
Determining the distribution and severity of alder dieback and Phytophthora disease in northern Britain and investigating the pathology and causes of alder dieback.

Biological control of conifer root and butt rot
Project Manager
Investigating the potential for enhancing the resistance of Sitka spruce to root and butt rot caused by Heterobasidion annosum.

Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service
Diagnosing the causes of disease in forest and amenity trees and providing advice to enquirers in the public and private sectors on tree health.

Research areas

  • Tree pathology
  • Forest condition monitoring
  • Pathology of alder
  • Disease resistance
  • Stump treatment

Main recent publications

Hendry, S. J.,  Poole, E. J.  Craig, I. & Proudfoot, J. C. (2003).  Forest Condition 2003. Forestry Commission Information Note 62.

Hendry, S. J., Boswell, R. C. & Proudfoot, J. C. (2003).  Forest Condition 2002.  Forestry Commission Information Note 51.  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Cech, T. & Hendry, S.J. (2003).  A review of diebacks and declines of alder (Alnus spp.) in Europe. In: Phytophthora Disease of Alder in Europe (ed. Gibbs, J. N., van Dijk, C. & Webber, J.) pp 15-24.  Forestry Commission Bulletin 126.  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.
Hendry, S. J., Boddy, L. & Lonsdale D. (2002).  Abiotic variables effect differential expression of latent infections in beech (Fagus sylvatica L.). New Phytologist, 155, 449-460.

Hendry, S. J., Boswell, R. C. & Proudfoot, J. C. (2002).  Forest Condition 2001.  Forestry Commission Information Note 46.  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Redfern, D. B. & Hendry, S. J. (2002).  Climate change and damage to trees caused by extremes of temperature. In: Climate Change: Impacts on UK Forests (ed. M Broadmeadow) pp 29-39. Forestry Commission Bulletin 125.  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Hendry, S. J., Boswell, R. C. & Proudfoot, J. C. (2001).  Forest Condition 2000.  Forestry Commission Information Note 41.  Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Hendry, S. J., Lonsdale, D. & Boddy, L. (1998).  Strip-cankering of beech (Fagus sylvatica):  Pathology and distribution of symptomatic trees.  New Phytologist, 140, 549-565.

Hendry, S.J., Boddy, L. & Lonsdale, D. (1993).  Interactions between callus cultures of European beech,  indigenous ascomycetes and derived fungal extracts.  New Phytologist, 123, 421-428.

Hendry, S. J. (1993).  Strip-cankering in relation to the ecology of Xylariaceae and Diatrypaceae in beech (Fagus sylvatica L.).  Ph.D. Thesis,  University of Wales, Cardiff, UK.