RHS highlights skills loss in Plant Pathology
23 May 2014
Ash dieback, Dutch elm disease and sudden oak death demonstrate the critical threat to trees of major importance to the UK landscape, but Britain no longer has the capability to cope with these diseases and future threats due to a severe loss of knowledge in plant pathology.
As the 2013 National Gardening Week (15–21 April) takes place, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is highlighting the decline in Plant Pathology in the UK and its impact on horticulture and the wider British landscape. The British Society for Plant Pathology says that research in Plant Pathology has almost collapsed and universities are withdrawing Plant Pathology degrees. A major cause is a lack of students wanting to do the degrees, which in turn is fuelled by the disappearance of Plant Pathology-related jobs for them to apply for.