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A major focus of our research is improving the effectiveness of the management of both native and newly established exotic problem species. Our approach is to understand the nature and reasons for the observed problems and to apply this knowledge to sustainable management of the organisms concerned.

Other key research forms an important line of defence in monitoring any changes in the health of our trees as well as providing advice on common tree disorders and how to manage them.

About this research, its background and objectives, and underlying Forestry Commission policy


Specific tree and woodland problems

* indicates a tree pest and disease alert, advisory note or information sheet.





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Pathogens and abiotic disorders

Dr Joan Webber

Invertebrate pests

Dr Hugh Evans

Mammalian and rodent pests

Dr Chris Quine


Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service
Nationwide diagnosis, identification and advice on tree diseases.

The Forestry Commission Plant Health Service also provides information about current tree health issues.

What's of interest

Major funding to fight back against ash dieback
Fast track funding has been awarded to a new consortium of researchers for studying ash dieback fungus.

This short (2min) video explains how we test for Phytophthora ramorum in our laboratory at Alice Holt Research Station.

Evaluation of conifer site restocking practice

We are carrying out an evaluation of current practice in relation to problems arising from damage from adult Hylobius abietis (pine weevil) on newly planted trees.

Conifer site restocking questionnaire (MS Word-240K)

Horse chestnut leaf miner

Instructions for reporting suspected sightings

Current tree health issues

Acute oak decline, Phytophthora diseases and Dothistroma needle blight (PDF-1375K)
Presentation to Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in March 2011.

Selected publications

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Red band needle blight of conifers in Britain (PDF-1200K)
Forestry Commission Research Note 2

Progress in Research on Phytophthora Diseases of Forest Trees

Resistance of Young Conifers to Feeding Damage by Pine Weevil (PDF-786K)
Foresty Commission Information Note 87

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