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‘‘The threats posed by pests and pathogens to the forest resource on the island of Ireland’ Dr Richard O’Hanlon, Agri-food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast Venue: Theatre FS01, [...]
‘‘The threats posed by pests and pathogens to the forest resource on the island of Ireland’
Dr Richard O’Hanlon,
Agri-food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast
Venue: Theatre FS01, Agriculture Building, UCD
Date & Time: Thursday, 5 October 2017 at 6.00pm
The plant health of the island of Ireland has always been of a very high status, being protected from the pest population in mainland Europe by its island status and the prevailing westerly winds from the Atlantic. However, in recent years the number of threats has been increasing, possibly due to (i) increasing globalisation and trade and (ii) global warming. Reoccurring pests such annosus root rot and green spruce aphid are a constant forest health threat, while new emerging pests such as Phytophthora species and Xylella fastidiosa need urgent investigation.
Eradicating a pest is very difficult, as evidenced by the recent establishment of ash dieback and sudden larch disease in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Future strategies should focus on prevention of pest incursion and establishment, through horizon scanning and regular surveys. Members of the forest industry and the general public also have an important part to play in preventing new pest epidemics.
Richard O’Hanlon is a plant pathologist with the Grassland and Plant Science Branch of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast. His currently manages an active plant pathology research programme, as well as overseeing the statutory testing of forest and crop samples for pathogens. He previously worked with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, as well as with Teagasc and the University of Limerick.
Admission free – All are welcome.
This event is worth fifteen (15) CPD points to those registered on the
Society of Irish Foresters’ CPD programme
(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm