Lessons from Dutch Elm Disease in assessing the threat from Sudden Oak Death

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Award: RES-229-25-0005
Policy and Practice Note
Pathogen Review
Pathogen Review Executive Summary
Project website
PI: Clive Potter, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
Dates: 02/09/2007 - 30/08/2010
 
During the 1970s, Dutch elm disease ravaged familiar landscapes in the UK. Now a different disease - sudden oak death - could create a similar situation. Researchers explore how the previous pandemic can help us deal with this more recent threat; how people perceived Dutch elm disease and its effects; and what they think might be done to combat sudden oak death.

Data created

Tree disease control interviews
Interviews exploring perceptions of, and management and policy engagement with, the Dutch Elm Disease (DED) and Sudden Oak Disease (SOD) epidemics in the UK and the US. Reconstruction of the DEF epidemic of the 1970s is based on interviews with key informants involved in managing the epidemic at the time. To assess the status of the SOD outbreak and the effectiveness of the management response, Interviews were held with biosecurity professionals, policymakers and scientific experts involved in managing the current outbreak of SOD in the UK and the US.

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Data type: Qualitative
Data format: MS Word
Sample size: 22 scientists, policymakers, plant health officials and NGO representatives
Country: United Kingdom;United States
Status: Data released
Native elm baseline
Baseline distribution and density of native elms in the UK in 1965.

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Data type: Model
Data format: Windows
Sample size:
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Research completed - contact the for access to data
Public awareness of SOD
Self completion survey of 479 visitors to National Trust gardens in Cornwall.

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Data type: Quantitative
Data format: MS Excel
Sample size: 479 garden visitors
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Research completed - contact the for access to data
Public preference for SOD control
Online UK-wide survey of 1,115 respondents investigating public preferences for tree disease control options. Sample drawn randomly from UK population.

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Data type: Quantitative
Data format: MS Excel
Sample size: 1115 respondents
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Research completed - contact the for access to data

Publications and outputs

Report (3)
Full research report
Clive Potter
23/12/2010

Review of joint inter-departmental emergency programme to contain and eradicate phytophthora ramorum and phytophthora kernoviae in Great Britain
Isobel Tomlinson; Clive Potter; Jonathan Knight; Thomas Harwood
15/11/2010

End of Grant Report
Clive Potter; Jon Knight; Susana Mourato; Joan Webber; Simon Leather; Alan MacLeod
22/03/2011

Article (8)
Dutch elm disease revisited : past, present and future management in Great Britain
Thomas Harwood; Jon Knight; Isobel Tomlinson; Clive Potter
18/11/2010

Networks in plant epidemiology : from genes to landscapes, countries and continents
Mathieu Moslonka-Lefebvre; Ann Finley; Michael Jeger; Xiangming Xu; Ilaria Dorigatti; Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz; Thomas Harwood; Ottmar Holdenrieder; Marco Pautasso
18/11/2010

‘Too little, too late’? : science, policy and Dutch elm disease in the UK
Isobel Tomlinson; Clive Potter
15/11/2010

Epidemiological risk assessment using linked network and grid based modelling : Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae in the UK
Thomas Harwood; Marco Pautasso; Xiangming Xu; Mike J. Jeger; Michael W. Shaw
15/11/2010

Disease spread in small-size directed trade networks : the role of hierarchical categories.
Marco Pautasso; Lorenzo Pellis; Mathieu Moslonka-Lefebvre; Thomas Harwood; Xiangming Xu; Mike Jeger
15/11/2010

Unveiling human-assisted dispersal mechanisms in invasive alien insects: integration of spatial stochastic simulation and phenology models
Luis Roman Carrasco; Thomas Harwood; Adrian Leach; Jon Knight; Giselher Grabenweger; John Mumford; Alan MacLeod; Richard H.A. Baker
18/11/2010

The circular definition of populations and its implications for biological sampling
Thomas Harwood
15/11/2010

Learning from history, predicting the future : the UK Dutch elm disease outbreak in relation to contemporary tree disease threats
Clive Potter; Thomas Harwood; Jon Knight; Isobel Tomlinson
18/11/2010

Research summary (2)
Non-technical summary

23/12/2010

Non-technical summary
Clive Potter; S. Mourato; J. Webber; S. Leather; J. Knight; A. MacLeod
23/12/2010