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Pine pest article wins trophy

A multidisciplinary team of four scientists from Forest Research have been presented with an award for their work by the Royal Scottish Forestry Society. Their work was published as a paper in the Autumn 2017 edition of the Society’s journal Scottish Forestry. Entitled “Pine-tree lappet moth (Dendrolimus pini) in Scotland: Discovery, timber movement controls and assessment of risk” it charts the development of this pest of pine trees since its discovery in Scotland in 2009. The paper brings together the work of Dr Roger Moore, an entomologist, Dr Joan Cottrell, a geneticist, Dr Stuart A’Hara, a genetic conservation specialist and Duncan Ray, a climate change/spatial ecologist.

In granting the award, the RSFS Publications Committee highlighted that the article was thorough, clear, well-written with relevant and arresting images. It was a particularly good example of Forest Research working with foresters and woodland owners across Scotland to prevent spread of a potentially devastating pest. Their work created the evidence base to later relax some controls in light of years of careful research.

The trophy was presented at Forest Research Northern Research Station near Edinburgh on 20th July by James Hepburne Scott, President of the RSFS. James said:

“Every year the Royal Scottish Forestry Society awards two trophies for the best papers in our journal Scottish Forestry. This article is a prime example of how a complex story can be explained to a wide audience showing both its relevance to forestry in Scotland and the value of having experts from a range of disciplines apply cutting edge science to the problem.”

Accepting the trophy, lead author, Roger Moore thanked the RSFS for the award on behalf of himself and his co-authors and emphasised the importance of the multi-disciplinary research in developing a balanced account of the risk the moth is likely to pose both now and in the future. He outlined the continued need for ongoing research to support forest management decisions aimed at preventing spread as well as developing environmentally friendly options to control the insect in the event of a possible future outbreak scenario.

A copy of the article in Scottish Forestry is available here. Alternatively, access it through

About the Trophy

The Sir George Campbell Memorial Trophy is awarded annually for the best paper by forestry professionals in the Scottish Forestry, the journal of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society. It was presented by the Western Region to the Society in memory of Captain George Ilay Campbell Bart of Succoth who was President of the RSFS from 1938 to 1940. His woodlands in Argyll were notable examples of good practice and his passion for trees lives on in the garden at Crarae, now passed to the National Trust for Scotland. It was fashioned out of timber from a Eucalyptus urnigera tree planted by Sir George at Crarae in 1906 and blown down in the gale of January 1968 having reached a height of 31m.

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