The Case for Intervention

The starting point in the case for intervention is a statement taken from the Forest Research website in March 2012: –

“Deciduous trees worldwide are under threat from virulent bacterial and fungal diseases which, unchecked, will dramatically alter our landscapes and cause massive and costly environmental and commercial damage”

The key word is, of course, ‘unchecked’. We see intervention to save as many trees as possible as an option many tree owners will agree with.

These ‘virulent bacterial and fungal diseases’ are mainly non-native diseases. They are not part of our natural ecology or any natural cycle and, like Japanese knotweed, signal crayfish and grey squirrels, they target and eliminate indigenous and established species but, what is worse in the case of trees, they will not replace them. That will take decades.

We believe a different approach is necessary. No pathogen is ultimately treatment resistant. We battle and overcome thousands of micro-organisms which threaten our health, our livestock and our crops. The pathogens attacking our trees are no different – we just have to find the right way to deal with them and our in-vitro testing of CuPC33 against Chalara fraxinea and a range of other destructive pathogens shows the way forward.

The laboratory results show ‘confirmed activity against Chalara fraxinea’ at a very low ppm (parts per million). This means that our patented and groundbreaking approach is ready for field trials.

CuPC33 combines very low levels of pathogen-controlling copper with a high level of nutrients to promote tree health and natural resistance. Our proposed foliar treatment for Chalara fraxinea could be applied 20 times in a year and still fall within accepted organic criteria. We expect to use it once or maximum twice in our field trials. CuPC33 uses far lighter doses of elemental copper than anything hitherto considered to be effective.