It is essential that pests and diseases are identified correctly before they can be controlled efficiently and their spread prevented. In this presentation Dr Ana Perez-Sierra, Head of Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service will describe the processes of diagnosis and some of the new technologies involved. We are currently facing a large number of new pest and disease threats arriving from overseas. Xylella fastidiosa is a bacterial pathogen with a large host range that is causing widespread damage in Europe. We all need to be aware of this pathogen and how to protect against it. The presentation was followed by a live Q&A session with Tom Jenkins - Head of Forest Research Wales for Conference delegates to put their questions to these tree health and diagnostic experts.
Timings of pruning can vary between tree types. For Nordmann Fir pruning should be made in spring or summer as sap flow will be sufficient to help the trees recover, whilst Spruce should be cut in the autumn or winter. It is best practice to aim to o…9/16/2021 2:32:43 PM
A range of similar, but subtly different, foliar diseases can impact Christmas tree plantations. Careful management of both the crop and growing area can be useful in controlling risk factors.8/2/2021 11:39:28 AM
In this Session Janet Allen (ADAS) focused on current disease issues in Christmas trees. Particularly looking at current season necrosis, fire weed rust and Rhizosphaera needle cast, alongside some specific weed and pest control issues.6/18/2021 3:21:40 PM