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Ash dieback – plant passports and disease modelling

The latest disease to threaten UK woodlands, Chalara fraxinea or ash dieback, has led scientists to call for plant passports to monitor movements within Europe, for all plants “for planting”, i.e. potted plants, but not cut flowers or fruits. Stricter … Continue reading

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Bird flu disease dynamics

The practice of breeding game birds for hunting may be playing an important role in the propagation of bird flu and other avian diseases, which could also mutate to infect the human population. Game re-stocking is the captive breeding of … Continue reading

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Schmallenberg uncertain future

There are now 243 confirmed cases of the Schmallenberg virus on UK farms, as of 13th April 2012. Belgian scientists have now confirmed that three species of biting midges spread the virus, which causes deformed and stillborn lambs and calves. … Continue reading

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