Dothistroma Needle Blight in Scots pine

Tuesday 12 June 2012

What was the event?

This meeting was an opportunity to get an update on the scale of the problem in North East Scotland and its implications for future species selection and forest management. 

Infection in the northeast by Dothistroma Needle Blight (DNB) - formerly known as Red Band Needle Blight (RBNB), was initially recorded on Corsican and Lodgepole pines. Recently the recording of it on Scots pine has increased its profile and the potential implications for foresters and nurserymen.

The aim of this meeting was to discuss these implications by looking at some of the practical consequences experienced by state and private forestry enterprises. Not forgetting the impact on a nursery business in close proximity to infected woodland. The afternoon looked to the future- how are we to manage pine only sites?

Anna Brown (Forest Research Pathologist dealing with Dothistroma Needle Blight) was on hand to give the benefit of her knowledge and experience and identification of the disease cannot fail to be a topic of interest. However this meeting was not intended to substitute for a detailed DNB identification training course.

Event flyer including programme (PDF-2451K)

Who was the event suitable for?

All those with an interest in DNB.

Where did the event take place?

Forestry Commission Scotland Wood of Ordiequish (by Fochabers)
Christies of Fochabers Nursery
Rothes Forest Estate
Near Keith

Additional information

RSFS outings can be recorded as CPD for ICF purposes.


For further information please contact:

J. Wightman
Tel: 07713786267