Keeping woodlands in Wales and Ireland healthy

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Researcher to assess the impact of climate change on trees and their pests (31-07-2012)

Professor Tariq Butt from Swansea University's School of Environment and Society has been awarded a grant of 400K€ (Euro), as part of a collaborative project to assess climate change effects on trees and their pests, both native and exotic.
Professor Tariq Butt from Swansea University's School of Environment and Society has been awarded a grant of 400K€ (Euro), as part of a collaborative project to assess climate change effects on trees and their pests, both native and exotic.

The project, entitled Integrated Management of Forest Pests Addressing Climate Trends (IMPACT), is being undertaken with lead partner Forest Research in Wales, part of the Forestry Commission based in Aberystwyth, and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Cross Border Territorial Cooperation Programme (INTERREG 4A); an EU Community initiative that aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion by promoting international and cross-border co-operation.

The project partners aim to model effects of climate change on key pests to assess potential threats to tree growth and survival. Through use of biological control strategies, they will develop integrated protection of woody biomass, thereby enhancing carbon sequestration and other values of trees in current and future woodlands in Ireland and Wales.

IMPACT will also provide specific pest risk profiling to identify and provide information on the pests that pose the greatest current and future threats to tree growth and survival.

Professor Butt said: "This is an exciting project that brings together a large team of researchers from Wales and Ireland to investigate the complex relationships between a changing climate, forests and forest pests, since an understanding of these relationships will help those in forest health protection and management to prepare for changes in the occurrence and impact of native and invasive pest species."



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