Learning Platform 1

The first of three Learning Platforms had the following aims:

  • To establish a community of interest around early detection of UK tree pests and pathogens
  • To demonstrate the development and predicted impacts of five emerging technologies
  • To share lessons learnt around the use of previous and existing technologies
  • To identify stakeholder groups and individuals who could and would become involved in the development and testing of each technology

The following presentations illustrate the need for new detection technologies and the initial interaction between the scientists developing such technologies and the stakeholders who would be implementing them. This dynamic interaction for the co-development of the technologies is a central theme of this LWEC THAPBI project.

A brief introduction to the project, Rick Mumford
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The context of tree health in the UK, Nicola Spence
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In-field Technology, Peter Scotting (Senior Plant Health and Seeds Inspector)
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Tree Health and Forest Management, Robert Clamp (Forestry Commission, Scottish Lowlands Forest District)
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Technology Mock Dragon's Den
Session introduction
Volatiles Detection - Steve Woodward (University of Aberdeen)
Multispectral Imaging - Hugh Mortimer (RAL)
Spore Trapping - Neil Boonham (Fera)
Pest Trapping - David Hall (University of Greenwich)
Water Surveillance - David Cooke (James Hutton Institute)
Future meetings and events

Claude Kaplan (IP Pragmatics Ltd)
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Concluding remarks, Rick Mumford
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Download a report from the first workshop
Learning Platform 1 (pdf)