Integrating regulatory surveys and citizen science to map outbreaks of forest diseases: acute oak decline in England and Wales

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Brown, N., Van Den Bosch, F., Parnell, S. and Denman, S. 2017. Integrating regulatory surveys and citizen science to map outbreaks of forest diseases: acute oak decline in England and Wales. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 284 (1859), pp. 1-7.

AuthorsBrown, N., Van Den Bosch, F., Parnell, S. and Denman, S.
Abstract

The number of emerging tree diseases has increased rapidly in recent times, with severe environmental and economic consequences. Systematic regulatory surveys to detect and establish the distribution of pests are crucial for successful management efforts, but resource-intensive and costly. Volunteers who identify potential invasive species can form an important early warning network in tree health; however, what these data can tell us and how they can be best used to inform and direct official survey effort is not clear. Here, we use an extensive dataset on acute oak decline (AOD) as an opportunity to ask how verified data received from the public can be used. Information on the distribution of AOD was available as (i) systematic regulatory surveys conducted throughout England and Wales, and (ii) ad hoc sightings reported by landowners, land managers and members of the public (i.e. ‘self-reported’ cases). By using the available self-reported cases at the design stage, the systematic survey could focus on defining the boundaries of the affected area. This maximized the use of available resources and highlights the benefits to be gained by developing strategies to enhance volunteer efforts in future programmes.

Keywordsacute oak decline; citizen science; disease survey; dispersal
Year of Publication2017
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Journal citation284 (1859), pp. 1-7
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.0547
PubMed ID28724732
PubMed Central IDPMC5543216
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Funder project or codeSustainability
Monitoring and Modelling for sustainable forest management, towards practical methods to halt the further spread of Acute Oak decline
The improved understanding of the causes distribution and scale of acute oak decline in the UK: incidence distribution and severity
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online19 Jul 2017
Publication process dates
Accepted16 Jun 2017
Copyright licenseCC BY
PublisherRoyal Society Publishing
ISSN0962-8452

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