The future of our forests under the spotlight at the IUFRO Congress

Ash dieback is a serious disease of ash trees, caused by a fungus

Julie Urquhart participated in the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, which took place between 18th to 22nd September in Freiburg, Germany.

The Congress, organised by the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO), was themed ‘Interconnecting Forests, Science and People’ and involved over 2000 scientists and researchers from around the world, together with leading decision makers from the forestry, environment, development and other key sectors. In doing so, the Congress aimed to provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics.

Julie Urquhart presented two papers on her recent research on public, stakeholder and expert perceptions of tree pests and diseases, conducted as part the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative project UNPICK (Understanding public risk concerns in relation to tree health) .

Two papers from this work have recently been published in the journals Biological Invasions and Environmental Science and Policy.

Urquhart, J., Potter, C., Barnett, J., Fellenor, J., Mumford, J. and Quine, C.P. (2017) Expert risk perceptions and the social amplification of risk: a case study in invasive tree pests and diseases, Environmental Science and Policy. 77C pp. 172-178. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.08.02

Urquhart, J., Potter, C., Barnett, J., Fellenor, J., Mumford, J., Quine, C. & Bayliss, H. (2017), Awareness, concern and willingness to adopt biosecure behaviours: public perceptions of invasive tree pests and pathogens in the UK, Biological Invasions. DOI 10.1007/s10530-017-1467-4