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The NDG James Memorial Lecture 2017


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Forest genetics - a key to the future health of trees and forests

Professor John Mackay, Wood Professor of Forest Science  


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Professor John Mackay

Our trees and woods are threatened by climate change and the increasing number and severity of pests and diseases, such as ash dieback.  Professor Mackay will explain in a way that is accessible to the layman, how the science of genomics is breaking new ground in the quest to address this challenge. He will demonstrate how genomics is being applied to improve the resilience of our trees and woods to diseases currently threatening UK woodlands and how the science of genomics links to other research initiatives intended to improve tree health and productivity.


Please see the links below for more information on:

Professor John Mackay

NDG James

An abstract of the lecture



18:00 Arrive, tea and coffee

19:00 Lecture followed by questions

20:00 Drinks reception and canapés

21:00 Depart  


Ticket price (including VAT) 

RFS members: £14

Students: £14

Non-members: £20

Lecture only: £10

This lecture is for anybody who has an interest in the health of our trees and woods, including woodland owners and managers, ecologists, students, researchers and academics.