Trees: Diseases

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th December 2017.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the major disease threats to UK trees, woodlands and forests are; and if he will make a statement?

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The publically available UK Plant Health Risk Register, records and rates risks to UK crops, trees, gardens and ecosystems from plant pests and pathogens. It forms an agreed, evidence based framework for decisions on major pest and disease threats. The major threats to trees include Phytophthora ramorum, emerald ash borer, ash dieback and acute oak decline.

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