Reassessing the threat posed by pinewood nematode to UK forestry
Dr Sarah Facey | Entomology Response Manager | Forest Research
Talor Witham | PhD Student | Forest Research and University of Reading
Dr James Ryalls & Dr Robbie Girling, (University of Reading)
Dr Thomas Prior & Dr Beth Lawson (FERA York)
Dr Luís Bonifácio and Dr Maria Lurdes Inácio, (INIAV, Portugal)
This is a horizon scanning PhD project that seeks to inform future forestry about the risks posed if PWN arrives in the UK. The project examines the relationship between Monochamus and PWN and will:
- Perform experiments exposing PWN to a range of beetle life stages from UK species, both with and without the co-presence of Monochamus to assess nematode responses to chemical cues.
- Characterise and compare the volatile organic cuticular compounds (VOCCs), chemical cues given off by the UK beetle species (potential carriers/vectors) to those found in Monochamus
- Develop new in-field protocol for testing via a VOCC-based tool to enable in-field PWN detection.
- Draw up actionable recommendations for PWN.
- Peer reviewed journal articles.
- Recommendations for policies regarding PWN in the UK.
- Protocol for in-field PWN detection that could be applied internationally.