Keeping woodlands in Wales and Ireland healthy

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Oak decline

Oak decline is a complex disorder or syndrome in which several damaging agents interact and bring about a serious decline in tree
condition, with symptoms such as stem bleeding.
Acute oak decline
Symptoms of chronic oak decline
Managing acute oak decline (pdf)
Oak decline/dieback
Dieback of pedunculate oak (pdf)
Oak processionary moth - Thaumetopoea processionea
Oak pinhole borer, Platypus cylindrus
Two Spotted Oak Buprestid

NUIM research

Direct link to NUIM research for the IMPACT project
NUIM research

Forest Research - Impact of insects on tree growth

This programme carries out research on a number of insect pests that cause defoliation or other types of non-lethal injury to forest trees. The objective is to determine the impact of these insects on tree growth and timber production, and to estimate the economic costs of damage.
Forest Research Summary
Impact of insects on tree growth references

Impact of pests and pathogens under changing management

This research programme tests the hypothesis that increasing the structural complexity of forest stands will lead to greater biological diversity, and that this greater diversity will lead to fewer pest problems.
Forest Research - protecting trees

Hylobius Management Support System (MSS)

A decision support system to help foresters predict and reduce damage and costs due to large pine weevil, Hylobius abietis.
Tree health and protection

Pesticide resources and information

An introduction into the regulation of pesticides in the UK, the role of the Forestry Commission, further guidance and useful sources of information.
Pesticide resources and information

How might climate change affect insect pest outbreaks?

The analysis is based on expert judgement, and is very much a 'vision of the future' and not 'hard science'. It should be placed in the context of indicating those insect pests for which there is an ongoing and future need for monitoring, and not as a hard-and-fast prediction of future impacts.
Climate change and insect pest outbreaks

The impacts of climate change on forestry and woodland

There is now convincing evidence that this environment is changing. Therefore, it is not surprising that there is increasing concern of the likely impacts of climate change on the nation’s forests and
Climate change impacts

Modelling the impacts of climate change on tree growth and future species suitability

How climate change will affect the growth potential and ecological
suitability of individual tree species is essential for developing climate change adaptation strategies. As part of this process, the ESC decision support system has been developed to account for the effects of predicted climate change.
Models of tree growth

How will climate change affect forests and woodlands in Wales?

Adapting forests and woodlands in Wales to a future climate
Climate change implications for insect pests - Chapter 8: Key findings

Climate change - Impacts on UK forests

Forestry Commission Bulletin 125 - describes current thinking on the most likely effects of climate change on UK forests and woodlands.
Climate change impacts on UK forests

PHRAME Interreg 111C Project aims

The research programme which ran from 2003 - 2006 was to develop scientifically verifiable methods to enable the current high levels of uncertainty in Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) to be reduced, thus giving confidence in proposing quarantine measures that are justifiable and minimise recourse to the Precautionary Principle.
Plant health risk and monitoring evaluation (PHRAME)
PHRAME progress reports

A pathway approach towards prevention of movement of pests and pathogens with live plants in international trade

Hazards Associated with Pest Pathways and Economic Impacts-Seeds, Propagative Materials and Nursery Stock

Links to other EU Projects


ISEFOR - Increasing Sustainability of European Forests
Modelling for Security against Invasive Pests and Pathogens under Climate Change.

CEPF - Confederation of European Forest Owners

Controlling insect pests of trees and ornamental plants

Forest Genomics Meeting, Nov 2012
The second edition of “Forest Genomics Meeting” (FGM) discussed the state of art on Forest Genetically Modified Trees (GMT), including the progress achieved during the last 25 years, the analysis of biosafety issues (experimental fields and regulation) and public perception and acceptance of GMT.
Using nature's weapons to battle current and future threats

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