Scientists launch key principles to preserve Scots plant health - James Hutton Institute

Scotland’s plants underpin the health of the nation, but plant pests and diseases can cause major economic, environmental, and social costs. Increased global movements of plants and soil, coupled with the effects of climate change, are allowing novel pests and diseases to take hold or endemic ones to flourish. To raise awareness of these issues, and coinciding with the UK Plant Health Week (19-27 September), Scotland’s Plant Health Centre has launched a set of five Key Principles, which outline important steps to protect Scotland’s plant resources.

close up photo of an emeral ash borer (image by Kent Loeffler, Cornell University)
The emerald ash borer is not yet in the UK but remains a threat (image by Kent Loeffler, Cornell University)

Scotland’s five Key Principles for Plant Health are:

These principles will be the focus of a series of short stories, released over the course of UK Plant Week, to bring the Principles to life and celebrate Scotland’s plant-based assets. These will go live on the Plant Health Centre website ( starting on Saturday 19th September.

Posted on: 18 September 2020

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