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EPSRC Reference: EP/V048511/1
Title: Modelling and inference of tree pandemics in Great Britain
Principal Investigator: Baggaley, Dr A
Other Investigators:
Parker, Dr NG Golightly, Dr A
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Department: Sch of Maths, Statistics and Physics
Organisation: Newcastle University
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 25 February 2021 Ends: 24 February 2023 Value (£): 202,350
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Statistics & Appl. Probability
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Environment
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The spread of contagious tree diseases threatens woodlands and urban trees in the UK and globally, and recent UK epidemics of ash and chestnut trees have been covered extensively in the news. The decimation of entire tree populations leads to dramatic ecological changes, and can also pose profound socio-economic challenges. Defra, the government Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs have identified a lack of realistic models to describe and predict tree disease spread as a key gap in their ability to manage pests and diseases effectively. This could have a major influence on the planning and management of trees in both woodlands and urban settings. The proposed research will combine cutting edge techniques from applied mathematical modelling and statistical inference to develop a comprehensive modelling approach to predict tree disease in the UK. The framework we propose will allow the model to be trained on data of past outbreaks before being used to predict emerging pathogens such as sweet chestnut blight.
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