Dothistroma needle blight, caused by the fungus Dothistroma septosporum, is present throughout Scotland, with the greatest impact in the north and north east. The disease affects a large range of conifers, but especially pine. The principal species currently infected in Scotland are Corsican pine, lodgepole pine and Scots pine.
The fungus affects the needles of the infected tree, which eventually shed. This can continue year on year and gradually weaken the tree, significantly reducing timber yields. It can also eventually lead to mortality.
- More information about dothistroma needle blight
- Dothistroma needle blight action plan for Scotland
- Planting in Caledonian Pinewoods (PDF 130KB)
- Outline guidance on forest tree nursery resilience actions plans (PDF 46KB)
- The Forest Tree Nursery Transition Scheme (PDF 26KB) was 'live' in 2011 and 2012 (now closed).