“Our collective knowledge of this disease is limited, and it is good to see a workshop on research priorities is being proposed, but we are concerned that this is entirely focused on breeding resistance rather than on techniques that could reduce the rate of spread.

“The Action Plan refers repeatedly to the cost of any intervention now, but makes very little reference to the costs that farmers, woodland owners, local authorities, gardeners and the Government itself will face as this disease spreads across the country.

“These costs include making safe dying trees, replanting lost trees and loss in value of ash timber. This will account for tens of millions of pounds over the next decade.

Completing the task of tracing and destroying all infected ash trees planted across the country in the last five years
• Leading a more intensive survey of the core infected area so we know more about the extent of these infections, and how it is spreading
• Commissioning – and funding in full – a range of research into this disease, including into ways of reducing spore spread and increasing the resistance of existing trees.

http://ntpressoffice.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/too-little-too-late-in-governments-ash-dieback-plans-says-national-trust/

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