Social analysis of the Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB) outbreak in Kent

What can we learn from the 2012 outbreak of Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB) in Kent?


In early 2012, an outbreak of Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB) was discovered in Kent, England. This wood-boring insect poses a serious threat to many UK and European tree species. Forest Research investigated the social dimensions of the outbreak. The team looked at how to improve rapid detection and response through more strategic stakeholder engagement, clearly defining responsibilities for pest surveillance and dealing with outbreaks, and better communication to raise awareness, including among local residents. 

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Trees felled as part of the ALB eradication programme

 The after effects from Asian Longhorn beetle damage

Funders and partners

Funded by Defra

Partners include:

  • Imperial College
  • Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera)


June 2012 – September 2013


Norman Dandy