Archive for the ‘Disease control’ Category

Defra action plan to minimise risks of imported diseases affecting trees and forests.

This sits alongside a peat strategy which will increase tree imports and therefore the risks. A funny old world is politics.

To read the action plan please click here.

Invasive species


A poster from HTA sponsored by Defra, Fera and National Trust

Click here for the poster

Downy Mildew found on Impatiens

This note is to advise you that downy mildew has been found on Impatiens at a number of UK locations in the last few days. Early indications are that in at least one instance the infection originated in cutting-raised material. It is also understood that at one of the outbreak sites the infection has already moved onto adjacent seed-raised plants. Plant Clinic investigations are continuing.

Impatiens crops, especially any cutting-raised material, need to be checked urgently and a routine fungicide programme is advisable on all untreated crops  as the risk of infection this season is evidently high.

Dr Martin McPherson