Understanding Ash Dieback Disease - Matt Combes - Bristol Fungus Day

Oct 05 2019 11:00 - 12:00

Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Rd, BS4 3EW Bristol

As part of Bristol Fungus Day we are delighted to present this important insight into Ash Dieback Disease, presented by Matt Combes from Cardiff University

Ash dieback disease is causing mortality in Fraxinus excelsior (European ash) across Europe. The disease was first noticed in Poland in the early 1990s, and its detection in the UK in 2012 caused widespread concern due to the ecological and cultural significance of the host. The causal agent of the disease has been identified as the invasive Asian ascomycete Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, and its lifecycle has allowed for dispersal across much of the European continent. The disease presently ranges from as far north as Finland, to as far south as Montenegro and as far west as Ireland. This talk will discuss our current knowledge of the disease based on research which has been conducted throughout Europe.

Matt attained a Masters degree in biology from the University of Sheffield in 2017, and has also spent time studying at the University of Queensland. He is currently beginning his 3rd year as a PhD student at Cardiff University and Forest Research. The title of his project is ‘The Ecology and Pathology of Ash Dieback Disease’ and he is supervised by Professor Lynne Boddy and Dr Joan Webber. The project is funded by DEFRA, Network Rail and The Woodland Trust.

Talks will be held in the Anglican Chapel, please turn up 10mins before the talk as we will be running a tight schedule!

All tickets are free, but any donations are appreciated! Billetto does add a small fee for donations.