Lecture: When will they ever learn? - a history of tree disease

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Prof. Richard Ennos, University of Edinurgh

Date

Thursday, 19 October, 2017 - 18:00

The discovery of ash dieback in Britain in 2012 created both a media storm and an awareness of the devastating ecological and economic effects that epidemic tree diseases may have. What was barely mentioned is that there has been a long history of catastrophic tree diseases across the globe with a common anthropogenic origin – the indiscriminate movement of trees to exotic locations. In this talk I will outline the origins and impacts of tree disease epidemics, from chestnut blight to the current outbreak of Dothistroma needle blight on Caledonian pine, and discuss the lessons to be learned from these experiences.

Richard Ennos is Professor of Ecological Genetics (recently retired) at the University of Edinburgh. After a first degree in genetics at Cambridge and PhD at Liverpool he spent a year as a postdoc at the University of Georgia and three years as a demonstrator at Newcastle University before joining the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Edinburgh. His research over the last 40 years has focused on understanding the population genetics and evolution of both plants and fungi, and the application of knowledge in these areas to the management and conservation of plant populations. Much of his work has been conducted in Scotland, with particular emphasis on native woodland systems.

Lectures are held jointly with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, in their lecture theatre. Tea is available from 17:30


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