Keeping woodlands in Wales and Ireland healthy

NEWS from the IMPACT project


Here is a selection of recent news stories from the project.

You may also like to look at some brief profiles of some of the most important pests and pathogens affecting the forests and woodlands of Ireland and Wales. Latest methods for tackling these can be found within the RESEARCH section.

Integrated Pest Management is paying off in the forests of Wales (26-05-2015)

Pest control measures within an Integrated Pest Management approach being carried out by forest scientists in Wales are paying off, helping to secure the future of the timber sector.
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INVITATION – IMPACT project final conference (01-04-2015)

New ways of fighting the
increasing number of forest pests

Tuesday 12 May 2015

The Management Centre, Bangor Business School,
College Road, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd

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Traditional conker contests at risk - but now there's new research (17-03-2015)

Those traditional autumn conker contests in Welsh playgrounds could be threatened by tiny bugs that feed on horse chestnut trees.

But now a leading Welsh tree research project - IMPACT, integrated management of pests addressing climate trends - has bee
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Welsh forests - facing the challenges of today, preparing for the future (26-02-2015)


The programme to protect Welsh woodlands from disease run by a dedicated team of forest researchers is stepping up a gear as Welsh trees face some of the biggest threats in generations.

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ITV report on how climate change will impact on forests (11-02-2013)

Experts are warning that forests in Wales will face even more threats from pests and diseases because of climate change. Trees here have been hit by recent outbreaks affecting ash and larch and more problems are expected in the future.
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Impact Stakeholders Seminar, January 2013 (11-02-2013)

A project stakeholders seminar on 'New climates, New pests, New solutions' was held last month at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire.
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Climate change and forest pests – scientists reveal solutions (22-08-2012)

The Impact project at the Royal Welsh Show 2012

The Impact project at the Royal Welsh Show 2012

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At the Royal Welsh Show, 2012, the IMPACT project (Integrated Management of Forest Pests addressing Climate Change) revealed new ways of tackling the threats.
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Fighting to save Welsh sheep flocks - researchers are putting the bite on midges (31-07-2012)

A team of scientists in Wales is working flat out to find an answer to the deadly threat of Schmallenburg disease – the virus that causes miscarriages and birth defects in sheep.

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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.
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Swansea research top story on Planet Earth Online (31-07-2012)

The top news story on the Natural Environment Research Council’s Planet Earth Online site features research into insect killing fungi at from Swansea University’s College of Science.
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Biocontrol using fungi: a new green revolution (31-07-2012)

Natural insect-killing microbes could benefit food security and environments across the world.
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The new green revolution (31-07-2012)

Crop pests can wreck livelihoods and endanger lives, but the chemicals farmers use to control them cause problems in their own right. Could an insect-killing fungus be the answer?

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Scientists look to radical change in the fight against forest pests (14-02-2012)

IMPACT Project at the ROYAL WELSH SHOW – Tuesday 19 July. A radical new way of tackling the insect pests that are an increasing problem for Welsh tree growers - from the nursery through establishment to the final crop - is being developed by scientists
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Keeping the tradition of conker contests alive – scientists battle with tree bugs (14-02-2012)

A team of scientists in mid-Wales is working to make sure that the 2011 World Conker Championships to be held near Oundle, Northamptonshire on 9 October 2011 is just one of many more in the future.
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Nature’s answer to deadly tree pest is paying off in the uplands of Wales (14-02-2012)

New natural methods of stopping Wales’ deadliest tree pest in its tracks are already beginning to pay off at field trials in the upland forests near Tregaron.
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Biological warfare against forest pests in Wales – revealed at National Botanic Gardens (14-02-2012)

Scientists, foresters and land managers from across Wales, the UK and Ireland will be converging on the National Botanic Gardens next week as the latest developments in biological warfare against insect pests in Welsh forests are revealed.
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Welsh field trials point way to new natural, environment friendly pest control (14-02-2012)

Tiny parasites are already beginning to reduce the damage to the forests of Wales caused by the large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis) – the single most important insect pest of plantation forestry in Europe.
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Forest pests threat to the traditional Christmas tree ? (14-02-2012)

The traditional Christmas tree that lights up the festive season is being put at risk by tiny pests which are already beginning to munch their way through the Welsh forests.
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Clouds of biting midges at the summer barbie could become a thing of the past - naturally (14-02-2012)

A new way of combating a debilitating disease in sheep could also help end that scourge of summer-time barbecues – clouds of biting midges (Culicoides).
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Forest Pests and Climate Change in Irish Woodlands (27-09-2011)

The latest information on pest problems facing forestry – and the preventative and control measures that can be taken – are being spotlighted at a symposium - Insect Pests of Trees: Meeting Future Challenges – at NUI Maynooth on 24 January 2011.
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Spreading the net wide to catch forest pests - and protect the trees of Wales (27-09-2011)

Tree nurserymen, golf course managers and tree officers are amongst the new list of target beneficiaries for a forestry research project which is aimed to reduce the danger from tree pests in Wales.
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New Guide to minimise the effects of pests and disease on forests. (21-08-2011)

A new booklet entitled 'Guide to implementation of phytosanitary standards in forestry' has just been published by the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).
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Forest Pests (20-03-2011)

Forest pests - new threat to Irish woodlands from climate change
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Fighting back against tiny invaders which could devastate trees in the British and Irish countryside (20-03-2011)

The IMPACT Team and other speakers at the January 2011 symposium at Maynooth.

The IMPACT Team and other speakers at the January 2011 symposium at Maynooth.

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The massive increase in world trade is having unintended consequences that are seriously affecting trees in the British and Irish countryside as deadly pests breach our border controls.
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Welsh field trials point way to new natural, environment friendly pest control (02-08-2010)

Tiny parasites are already beginning to reduce the damage to the forests of Wales caused by the large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis) – the single most important insect pest of plantation forestry in Europe.
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Climate change - gearing up for a micro battle in the forests of Wales (01-07-2010)

The forests and trees of Wales could be under even greater climate change threat than first thought – from some of the tiniest creatures in the world.
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Using nature's weapons to battle current and future threats

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