Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has launched a new virtual Centre of Expertise for Plant Health during a visit to SASA this morning.
Mr Ewing said:
“Protecting Scotland from the environmental, economic and social consequences of plant pest and disease threats is increasingly challenging. That is why I am pleased to announce the creation of the virtual Centre of Expertise for Plant Health.
“The Centre will enhance and complement existing structures to help to strengthen our resilience by bringing together scientific knowledge and capabilities across trees, crops and the natural environment. It will act as a focal point for disseminating knowledge and advice rapidly and building capacity to help respond to any new plant health threats.
“Establishing this new virtual centre augments the work already being taken forward under the leadership of our Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland, Professor Gerry Saddler. Our approach will ensure timely scientific evidence continues to inform our policy decisions and puts Scotland in a strong position to minimise the impact of any future threats to our plant health.”