Our paper about financial cost of ash dieback, co-authored with former Oxford-Sylva scholar Louise Hill, continues to receive widespread political and popular interest.
In October it was cited by parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, whose MPs have called for a ‘citizens’ army’ to tackle biosecurity risks from invasive non-native species – read the report. Subsequently it gained interest in the mainstream media (e.g. The Guardian).
Read our post from May: Ash Dieback is Predicted to Cost £15 Billion in Britain
Read the full paper here: www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(19)30331-8
Paper DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.03.033
About the Oxford-Sylva Scholarship
In 2010, Sylva Foundation managed to secure funding from a private donor to support forestry-related research. Following an approach to the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford, a partnership was agreed where the university was able to match this funding with a number of smaller funds it already held in hand. The result was a number of very capable graduate scholars. Sadly, Sylva has been unable to secure funding to continue this very fruitful relationship, but we always welcome enquiries from potential donors to continue this work. Please contact our CEO Dr Gabriel Hemery.