Tag: biofuels

  • Threats and opportunities

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    This year marks the 350th anniversary of the publication of John Evelyn’s treatise on forestry called Sylva. It was the outcome of a committee set up by the Royal Society to respond to the Royal Navy’s timber shortage arising from the poor state of England’s forests (G. Hemery Nature 507:166-167). It encouraged landowners to plant more trees and care for their forests as an important contribution to the nation’s strategic defence. Oak was the most important tree followed by ash, elm and pine reflecting their importance in construction and everyday life. I see strong parallels in some activities that are on-going now. For instance, last week I attended the second meeting of a committee on animal and plant health sponsored by the Government Office for Science and Defra. The aim of this committee is to review the current status of our ability to respond to new threats such as bovine TB and ash die-back and to make recommendations for a more coordinated approach across government and research councils. […]