RESAS 22-27: Centre Of Expertise For Plant Health

    Project Details


    The establishment of a Centre of Expertise on Plant Health was announced on 1 February 2018. The aim of this centre is to enhance co-ordination and synergy of the best available scientific advice to inform government policy and action on the management of the wide range of pests and pathogens which pose a threat to Scotland’s agriculture, forestry and natural environment.

    The Key objectives for the PHC at present are:

    Strengthening resilience and emergency response plans, and contributing to improved surveillance and detection.
    Providing scientific evidence to support policy decisions and outbreak management by the Chief Plant Health Officer Scotland
    Improving Rural Industry resilience in Scotland by helping to mitigate plant health risks through horizon scanning, trade risk assessments, business resilience and knowledge exchange
    Enhancing Scotland’s capacity and capability to respond to threats and assemble scientific evidence by leveraging non-Scottish Govt funded expertise, facilities and data.
    Contributing to an expansion of interdisciplinary networks to improve capacity to respond to threats across all plant health sectors.
    Engaging effectively with stakeholders of the PHC, providing evidence to meet their needs and encourage uptake of findings.
    Effective start/end date1/04/2231/03/23


    • Scottish Government: Rural & Environment Science & Analytical Services

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    ASJC Scopus Subject Areas

    • Plant Science
    • Immunology


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