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THAPBI was established to:

  • Generate natural and social scientific knowledge to inform the development of innovative ways of addressing current and emerging threats to trees and woodland ecosystems from pathogens and pests.
  • Support the future health and resilience of trees, woodlands and their associated ecosystems.
  • Facilitate collaboration between specialists in tree or forest research, and leading-edge scientists from the wider natural. biological, social, economic or other relevant research communities.
  • Encourage and make best use of interdisciplinary and systems approaches, and improve the impact and integration of social research and economics in this area.

THAPBI - Phase 1

  • This initial phase involved seven projects to build capacity among consortia and was completed in 2013, see the Defra website.

THAPBI - Phase 2  from 2014 to 2017

THAPBI- Phase 3 from April 2016 to April 20

  • Project proposals were solicited for submission in March 2015 to focus on Sudden Oak Death and Phytophora ramorum. 
  • The proposals were reviewed on 22 September 2015
  • Two projects were funded and started in April 2016.

    These two phase 3 projects are described in more detail on this web site:

  • Global threats from Phytophthora spp.; understanding drivers of emergence and opportunities for mitigation through nursery best practice. Led by Dr Sarah Greene, Forest Research.

  • Protecting Oak Ecosystems: understanding and forecasting causes and consequences, management for future climates. (PuRpOsE ) Led by Dr Robert Jackson, University of Reading



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