Phytophthora ramorum in Wales – Disease Management Strategy

Posted on February 10, 2014 by

The Minister for Natural Resources and Food has recently launched a new strategy to manage the outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum, a tree disease that has been spreading widely among larch in western Britain and Ireland

The overarching purpose of a strategy to manage the outbreak of this disease is to minimise its impact the  environment of Wales.
This strategy deals with the management of the fungus-like organism Phytophthora ramorum with emphasis on the impacts of the pathogen on Japanese, Hybrid and European larch. It is part of a series of strategies for tree health in Wales and it sets out:

  • The background to the disease, the current level of infection and its impact in Wales.
  • The options considered and rationale for establishing a P ramorum strategy in Wales.
  • The Strategy itself, the regulatory mechanisms and the areas where additional funding may be required.

The Disease Management Strategy comes in tandem with the Welsh government’s recent publication of its Tree Health Strategy. Their aim is to: ‘Preserve the health and vitality of trees and woodlands in Wales through strategies which exclude, detect, and respond to, existing and new pests and pathogens of trees, whether of native or exotic origin. Take proactive measures to reduce the impact of pests and diseases on trees and woodlands in Wales.’

For more information visit the Welsh Government’s website.

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