Our projects

Our research priorities will be novel, big picture, horizon-scanning and risk analysis to identify new and unforeseen threats to our forests, woodlands and trees
Woodland
Reassessing the threat posed by pinewood nematode to UK Forestry

Reassessing the threat posed by pinewood nematode to UK Forestry

Infusing Dothistroma needle blight resilience into the Scots pine breeding population

Infusing Dothistroma needle blight resilience into the Scots pine breeding population

Understanding the genetic basis of silver birch adaptation to local environments and disease

Understanding the genetic basis of silver birch adaptation to local environments and disease

Mapping attitudes and cultural connections to lost tree species and their restoration

Mapping attitudes and cultural connections to lost tree species and their restoration

Mapping the distribution and diversity of UK elm

Mapping the distribution and diversity of UK elm

Evaluating genetic and environmental bottlenecks in planted and naturally colonised woodlands

Evaluating genetic and environmental bottlenecks in planted and naturally colonised woodlands

Using spatial modelling to understand environmental predisposition to tree diseases

Using spatial modelling to understand environmental predisposition to tree diseases

Identifying proxy measurements for drought tolerance in Sitka spruce

Identifying proxy measurements for drought tolerance in Sitka spruce

Transforming ash genomics: Creating a pangenome to understand ash dieback resistance

Transforming ash genomics: Creating a pangenome to understand ash dieback resistance

Developing biological control mechanisms for sweet chestnut blight

Developing biological control mechanisms for sweet chestnut blight

Consolidating and curating datasets for ash genomics

Consolidating and curating datasets for ash genomics

Assessing susceptibility to acute oak decline

Assessing susceptibility to acute oak decline

Scoping multi-species genotyping for genome-environment association study

Scoping multi-species genotyping for genome-environment association study

Assessing the potential impact of Xylella bacteria on UK trees

Assessing the potential impact of Xylella bacteria on UK trees

Using phylogenetic relationships to predict susceptibility of tree species to pests and pathogens

Using phylogenetic relationships to predict susceptibility of tree species to pests and pathogens

Understanding the drivers of grey squirrel damage in UK Woodlands

Understanding the drivers of grey squirrel damage in UK Woodlands

Work With Us

The Centre for Forest Protection aims to create a dedicated hub and network of specialists who will work together to shape the Centre's science programme. It will also provide the expertise that can be drawn upon to support a comprehensive response to tackling threats to forests, woodlands and trees – particularly from pests and diseases.

Knowledge Hub

A key priority for the Centre is knowledge exchange and ensuring that research outputs are shaped by stakeholder engagement to increase their relevance and impact. Part of this will be working with stakeholders to create a knowledge hub to promote the sharing of evidence, expertise and best practice that can help promote the resilience of forests and woodlands.

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