International Year of Plant Health – August 2020

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This month’s topic is borders and I don’t mean flower borders. It relates directly to the FAO’s key message 1 http://www.fao.org/plant-health-2020/about/en/ “Be careful when bringing plants and plant products across borders”. It’s relevant in August as many people will have travelled on holiday but I also want to ponder a little on the function and value of borders relating to protecting plant …

International Year of Plant Health – July 2020

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Education. Schools are now out for summer after months of lockdown and here’s the opportunity. Instead of parents worrying that their children are behind with schoolwork, perhaps summer activities will be positive learning experiences that will help children of all ages return to school in September in good frames of mind. For this blog I’ll review a few resources that …

International Year of Plant Health – April 2020

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What can we do? Key organisations such as the RHS https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/plant-health-in-gardens and the HTA (Horticultural Trade Association) are working hard to promote plant health and biosecurity to ensure that all plants sold adhere to regulations. There have been recent changes worth noting. Since December 14th 2019, all plants sold to other professionals must carry a plant passport. In many cases …

International Year of Plant Health – March 2020

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No prizes for guessing the topic for this month’s blog – viruses. As we are all adjusting to unprecedented life changes caused by the Coronavirus (also called Covid-19) pandemic, it seemed appropriate to share some words and links about plant viruses and their impact on plant health. This won’t all be a doom and gloom blog though, the devastation that …

International Year of Plant Health – February 2020

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This month’s topic came to mind easily – Resilience. With Australian fires and UK floods in the news, it’s easy to see that plants can be destroyed in the extreme weather that comes with climate change. How does this relate to plant health?  Just as humans are vulnerable to infections when stressed, plants subjected to extremes of e.g. heat, cold, …

International Year of Plant Health – January 2020

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What a good start it’s been.  Twitter is already active with some great links on plant health including:- The beautiful 1 minute International Plant Protection Convention video “I am Plants – I am life”.  https://youtu.be/cmPAwiIK2BU Xylella – a 4 minute video narrated by Dame Helen Mirren on what we should all know about the threat Xylella poses to 100s of our …