Ash dieback – Chalara fraxinea – has been found in the UK and comparisons are already being made with the devastation of Dutch elm disease in the 1970s.
A panel of leading plant pathologists presented the latest on the spread of Chalara and address such questions as
Dr Joan Webber, Principal Pathologist and Head of Tree Health Research Group at Forest Research
Prof Michael Shaw, Plant Pathologist at Reading University and President-elect of the British Society for Plant Pathology
Dr Steve Woodward, Reader in the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen
Dr David Slawson, Leader of the Tree Health and Behavioural Change Programme at the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)
Prof Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Advisor at DEFRA