Two new projects have received a share of £2m for research to help combat threats to trees and plants as part of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI).

The projects are:

Global threats from Phytophthora spp,: understanding drivers of emergence and opportunities for mitigation through nursery best practice – Led by Dr Sarah Green, Forest Research

PuRpOsE: Protect Oak Ecosystems:

Understanding and forecasting causes and consequences, management for future climates – Led by Dr Rob Jackson, University of Reading

Board appointed

The Centre for Process Innovation has established an industry-led advisory board for the National Centre for Healthcare Photonics, which is set to open in 2018 at NETPark, County Durham. The centre will provide open access capabilities to help companies of all sizes to develop their photonics based technologies for healthcare.

The Board brings together a wealth of expertise in the areas of photonics technologies, healthcare innovation and bringing new medical technology products to market.