Britain’s Ash forests face extinction – but a tree named Betty could save them

Stephen Woodward, Eric Boa

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Ash dieback is back in the news, even though it never really went away. The first confirmed reports were from a few woodlands in East Anglia in late 2012, and urgent surveys soon established a much wider distribution in other parts of England as well as Scotland and Wales. Since then, the disease has spread relentlessly and few areas with ash appear unaffected.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2016

Bibliographical note

Steve Woodward received funding from the European Union for research on invasive pathogens affecting forest trees.

Eric Boa does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


  • Biodiversity
  • Invasive species
  • Trees
  • Fungus
  • Ash dieback
  • Tree pests


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