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Can Willow Control Scab in Apples?

April 25, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Are You Worried About Controlling Scab in Your Orchard?
There may be some help available from an unlikely source.

Dr Glynn Percival’s research showed that single species willow woodchip applied around the base of the tree had some effect on scab levels. According to Dr Percival. “Willow contains salicylic acid which is just one compound that can switch on the tree’s defence systems.”

We’ll hear more from Dr Percival at this event as well as other speakers and design a field lab with interested growers to test his research findings further.

This is a field lab is supported by AHDB and aimed at growers who are interested in trialling willow woodchip on their orchards. However, it will also be of interest to advisors. This field lab is also a part of Innovative Farmers. This meeting is free to attend but advanced booking is essential.


10.30 Arrival and coffee

11.00 Introductions including AHDB, Innovative Farmers and delegates

11.30 What is scab and how does it affect trees?

12.00 Practicalities of harvesting and spreading woodchip

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Can willow woodchip reduce scab in orchards?

14.00 Setting up a field lab to trial using willow woodchip in practice

15.00 Close


Further reading:

Journal of Environmental Horticulture reports



Vaccinating trees


Effect of single species woodchip mulches



Innovative Farmers
Innovative Farmers is a not for profit network giving farmers research support and funding on their own terms. Through trialling, testing and hands-on research, we’re helping farmers find lasting solutions to practical problems.

The network is part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme, funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. Innovative Farmers is backed by a team from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Innovation for Agriculture, the Organic Research Centre and the Soil Association, and supported by Waitrose.

www.innovativefarmers.org @IFarmers


April 25, 2018
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Herons Farm
Reading, RG8 8QA United Kingdom
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