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2009 - Bleeding canker

 Dr Terry Mabbett Wins the Royal Forestry Societys - James Cup 2009


Dr Mabbett wins James Cup for Bleeding Canker article

RFS President John Besent (left) presents the James Cup to Dr Terry Mabbett

James Cup 2009

Forestry consultant and journalist Dr Terry Mabbett has been awarded the James Cup by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) for a paper reviewing the spread of Bacterial Bleeding Canker (Pseudomonas syringae pv. aesculi) in the UK.

The paper, published in the RFS Quarterly Journal of Forestry(QJF) in October 2008, looked at how this aggressive form of bleeding canker is killing both white-flowering and red-flowering horse chestnut trees of all ages; at current research into the disease; and at the lack of available control measures.

Dr Mabbett, who lives in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, fears that Bacterial Bleeding Canker could be as devastating for the horse chestnut as Dutch elm disease was to the English elm. He warns that local authorities, and estate and woodland managers may need to consider planting alternative trees, especially amenity trees, such as walnut, in its stead.

The James Cup is presented by the RFS annually to the author of the best original article for the year in the QJF. The award was presented to Dr Mabbett at a meeting of the RFS London Division in Kew Gardens by the RFS president John Besent.

Mr Besent said: “Dr Mabbett’s thoroughly researched and well-balanced article looked at an issue which concerns all those who are responsible for the trees in our public parks, on private estates and gardens, in avenues and along our public roads.

“In recent decades we have seen a number of diseases that impact on different species, sudden oak disease and the red band needle blight, which attacks conifers, for example.

“It is important that we are all aware not just of the latest threats, but of the research that is being carried out into the causes, into protection and cure of different diseases.

“The UK landscape was changed forever by Dutch Elm disease in the late 1960 and the 1970s, and we need to do all that we can to ensure that the same does it happened again with other species.”

Dr Mabbett, whose next paper in the QJF will look at the development of ‘Accidental Woodlands‘, said: “I am delighted to have won the James Cup. The QJF appeals to a broad audience base, from people who are actively involved in managing trees and woodlands, to people who have a deep love of trees. They are united in a desire to manage our countryside and our trees wisely and for future generations.”

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