Forest entomology meeting forges links

FR News -November 2014

Forest entomology received a boost recently with a novel event hosted by Forest Research on behalf of the Royal Entomological Society. The meeting was a rare gathering of a diverse group from both applied and academic fields to share expertise and perspectives on forest entomology.

Held at Alice Holt in Surrey on 11 November, the event featured a series of presentations on a range of topics, from large-scale studies of ants and termites in Borneo to how weather patterns and climate change might affect insect damage.

Highlighting one of Forest Research’s entomology projects, PhD student Katy Reed gave a presentation on the two-spotted oak buprestid Agrilus biguttatus and its role in acute oak decline. This work is the subject of a paper that has recently been published in Forestry.

Other speakers were from the University of Oxford, Royal Holloway University of London, the Natural History Museum, City of London’s Epping Forest, Forest Research and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

The presentations were followed by good discussions, forging firm links between participants who might not otherwise have had opportunity to meet and interact.

Daegan Inward, Forest Research entomologist and event organiser, comments: “We wanted to gather as many people as possible who work in forest entomology in the UK. It was a great opportunity to share knowledge and ideas from both academic and practical sides, and to see what aspects of forest entomology others are working on and any areas of overlap. It’s the first time we’ve all got together in this way and helped open up possibilities for collaborative working in the future.”

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