Emerging Tree Diseases
A report published by United States Department of Agriculture in September this year quantified reports of emerging infectious diseases on trees across the globe; “disease accumulation is increasing rapidly globally, with numerous recent years having nearly twice the number of new records as the twenty-year average and the number of new reports doubling every ~ 11 years.” In the report Oak is noted as the second most affected genera after Pine, and showed most rapid pathogen accumulation where it is planted in its native range.
Our oaks are under ever increasing threat and we have to get ahead of these threats in both understanding them and taking action to mitigate them. Action Oak has never been so important. We are collaborative, innovative, and committed to research. To continue we need more; more people to know about us, more funds, more research and more action.
These are just some of the areas that our current research is exploring;
Genomic basis of Quercus robur resistance to Acute Oak Decline
Investigating the role of beneficial microbes in fighting diseases that affect the Britain’s native oak trees
Interventions to reduce the impact of climate change and other environmental stresses on oak health
If you haven’t yet had the chance read our Annual Report click on the link below and browse through it over a mince pie, why not share it with a friend while you’re at it?