California’s sudden oak death epidemic now ‘unstoppable’ and new epidemics must be managed earlier

02 May 2016

New research shows the sudden oak death epidemic in California cannot now be stopped, but that its tremendous ecological and economic impacts could have been greatly reduced if control had been started earlier. The research also identifies new strategies to enhance control of future epidemics, including identifying where and how to fell trees, as “there will be a next time”.

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Professor Oliver Rackham leads a visit to Hayley Wood, August 2012

Hearts of oak

31 Aug 2012

Throughout his distinguished career as an ecologist Professor Oliver Rackham has been studying the delicate balance of habitats and species in Hayley Wood which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary as protected ancient woodland.

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A forest

Use a laser, save a tree

14 Mar 2012

Laser un-printers that can remove toner from scrap paper so that it can be used again may be coming to an office near you in the future, results from a new Cambridge study show.

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Some of the research being undertaken to measure Arctic tree lines

Invading Trees?

09 Mar 2012

Rumours of trees ‘invading’ the Arctic as a by-product of climate change have been ‘greatly exaggerated’ according to a polar scientist due to lecture on the subject at Cambridge University’s annual Science Festival.

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