Consolidating approaches to mitigate the ash dieback disease in the Baltic States and Germany

Duration of the project

01.06.2019. - 15.11.2019.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

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Nature Research Centre
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Julius Kühn Institute
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Latvian State Forest Research Institute
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Estonian University of Life Sciences

Aim of the project

Ash dieback, caused by invasive pathogen Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, is a severe disease of ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) that affects forest stands, seed plantations, clonal archives, progeny trials and forest nurseries for nearly 30 years in Lithuania. This is the longest disease history when compared to other participating countries. More than a half of the state’s ash stands are already lost due to this epidemic. It threatens the existence of Fraxinus spp. through the whole of Europe, including other Baltic countries and Germany. Options for management of this novel forest disease are currently very limited. Consequently, partners of this project can benefit from the long experiences of Lithuanian researchers. Also, knowledge exchange between countries would allow researchers to discuss about experience of practical management of this disease and about what can be done to increase resilience and mitigate impact and to scout for potential future cooperation. Thus, the workshop would aim at consolidating efforts of Baltic and German researchers in searching for effective means to control devastating ash dieback disease and to restore endangered populations of common ash.

Main activities

The main activities of the proposed project would include organizing an international workshop with practical aspects (scientific training and field trip) on ash dieback problems in the Baltic States and Germany, and lectures given by the workshop participants/speakers at Nature Research Centre (NRC) and Kaunas Forestry and Environmental Engineering University of Applied Sciences (KMAIK).