Using surveillance to monitor plant
Biodiversity data collected through
surveillance and monitoring can be applied to help to understand
the spread and impact of plant diseases by establishing host
distribution. Recent work includes:
- An analysis of the distribution of important
Ash in Great Britain, helping to determine areas at high risk
from ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea).
- A summaryof the impacts of ash dieback on
UK biodiversity, including the potential for long-term
monitoring and further research on management scenarios.
- Modelling to determine the co-occurrence of
Rhododendron and Vaccinium myrtillus, to
establish high priority areas for implementing control measures for
- An estimation of the area of UK Vaccinium myrtillus
populations, which has helped to establish the scale of risk posed
from the genus of Phytophthora pathogens.
- Developing a national decision framework for deciding when
to treat Vaccinium myrillus infected with
Phytophthora, informed by evidence gathered through
surveillance and monitoring.
- Contributing to the Defra research project on
“Future proofing plant health”, to enhance surveillance of
plant disease, and ensure effective use of plant health data.