Reduced application of chemical pesticides in plant nurseries with appointment of a new industry doctoral researcher

In collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Department for Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Svenska Skogsplantor (SSP), is investing in a 5-year industry doctoral research project.

Roger S Johansson Business Area Manager for Svenska Skogsplantor
Roger Johansson, SVP at Svenska Skogsplantor.

"This project is a further important step in Svenska Skogsplantor's investments in more sustainable forest plant production," says Roger Johansson, Senior Vice President at Svenska Skogsplantor.

The project is aimed at finding alternative methods for avoiding and combatting fungal diseases in plant nurseries, such as botrytis cineria, sirococcus strobulinus, gremeniella abetiana, lophodermium seditiosum and many other diseases.

The project mainly concerns biological preparations. Resistance to existing treatments is one risk factor that has prompted the development of alternatives to be investigated. The project will also involve monitoring fungal diseases after field planting.

During the first year, tests will be performed at several of SSP's plant nurseries on practical cultivation. The plants will then be monitored in the field and assessed with the intention of including them in Sveaskog's regular production. The project will also include the use of spore traps and the development of forecasting tools, among other things.

The project is being supported by the Foundation for Strategic Research. Rebecca Larsson began her industry doctoral research on May 2nd.

For more information:
Roger Johansson, Senior Vice President, Svenska Skogsplantor, +46 70 686 18 22, roger.johansson@skogsplantor.se
Tom Jägestedt, Communication Manager, Svenska Skogsplantor, +46 10 544 97 30, tom.jagestedt@skogsplantor.se
Sveaskog’s Press Office, +46 8 655 90 50, press@sveaskog.se

Svenska Skogsplantor is one of the business areas within Sveaskog. Svenska Skogsplantor is the biggest and market-leading supplier of seeds, plants and regeneration services for Swedish forests. The company’s customers make up most of the Swedish forestry industry, as well as numerous owners of forests in Finland and Norway. Svenska Skogsplantor has a turnover of around 325 million Swedish Kronor. Read more at www.skogsplantor.se

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In collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Department for Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Svenska Skogsplantor (SSP), is investing in a 5-year industry doctoral research project.
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