David Rose, BA

Head of Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service (South)

David Rose

Email: david.rose@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1420 22255
Tel direct: +44 (0)1420 526243
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

David Rose joined Forest Research as a Tree Pathologist in April 1981.

After gaining the Forestry Commission’s Forester Certificate in June 1971, he transferred to the former East Scotland Conservancy to work as a Forest Officer at Drummond Hill Forest. In September 1974 he moved to Aberdeen to take up the post of Conservation Forester for East Scotland where he remained until 1979. During this time he had responsibility for the co-ordination of wildlife control programmes (particularly deer control) and the development of conservation and recreation projects throughout East Scotland. In 1979 he transferred to Glenorchy Forest, in the then West Scotland Conservancy, to work as the Forest Management Forest Officer.

In April 1981 David transferred to Forest Research at Alice Holt as a Tree Pathologist working in the Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service. In April 1995 he became Head of that service at Alice Holt.

Current role

Head of Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service (South)

Responsible for providing an effective, efficient and impartial service for the diagnosis of, and provision of advice on, the diseases and disorders of trees in the southern half of Britain. This service provides information on the status of diseases and disorders as well as a means of detecting new diseases.

As part of the provision information/advice, undertaking a full programme of talks, seminars and workshops to ensure maximum dissemination of information collected by the Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service.

Also undertaking the assessment of trees involved in fatal accidents on behalf of Coroner’s Courts.

Affiliations and achievements

  • IUFRO Working Party 7.03.10 Methodolgy and Survey of Forest Pests and Diseases
  • UK Phyto-diagnosticians Group
  • Forest Pathology Group
  • Workshop presenter for National Association of Tree Officers (NATO)
  • Workshop presenter to Atelier de l’Abre, Périgueux, France
  • UK liaison to Départment Santé des Forêts, France

Research areas

  • Disease diagnosis
  • Computer-aided diagnostic systems
  • Expert systems
  • Diebacks and declines

Main recent publications

Webber, J., Tilbury, C., Steele, H. and Rose, D. (2011).  Potential impacts of pests and pathogens on Short Rotation Forestry in Britain. In: Short Rotation Forestry: review of growth and environmental impacts (PDF-3255K). (McKay, H. ed.)  Forest Research Monograph, 2, Forest Research, Surrey, 212pp.

Kerr, G and Rose, D. (2004). An evaluation of five Wildstar™ clones of Prunus avium L. Quarterly Journal of Forestry 98(4), 263-271.

Brown, A., Rose, D. R. and Webber, J. (2003). Red-band Needle Blight of Pine. FCIN 49. Forestry Commission.

Rose, D. R. et al. (2002). Tree Doctor CD-ROM. IDF, Paris.

Rose, D. R. (2001). The Beech Forests of Haute-Normandie, France. In: Evans, J., The Forests Handbook, Vol 2, 288-297.

Rose, D. R. (1999). Disease diagnosis and advisory service in the UK. Proceedings of the Second Workshop of the IUFRO Working Party 7.03.10, Sion-Châteauneuf. WSL, Birmensdorf

Wainhouse, D., Rose, D R and Peace, A J. (1997). The influence of preformed defences on the dynamic wound response in Spruce bark. Functional Ecology 11, 564-572. British Ecological Society.

Rose, D. R. (1994). Expert key for the identification of wood-rotting fungi in culture. ANPP, Paris. Annals of Fourth International Conference on Plant Diseases, Bordeaux.

Rose, D. R. (1993). Rotters: An expert key for the identification of wood-rotting fungi in culture. Binary, 5, 43-46.

Rose, D. R. (1990). Lightning Damage to Trees in Britain. Arboriculture Research Note 68/90/PATH, Forestry Commission.

Rose, D. R. (1989). Scab and Black Canker of Willow. Arboriculture Research Note 79/89/PATH, Forestry Commission.

Rose, D. R. (1989). Marssonina Canker and Leaf Spot (Anthracnose) of Weeping Willow. Arboriculture Research Note 78/89/PATH, Forestry Commission.