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Plant diseases and pest identification guide

Resource overview

KS 4
Find out how to identify some common plant pests and diseases with this identification guide

Topics covered

plant health and diseases, field studies, working scientifically

How to use this resource

This resource can be printed out for pupils to use while completing their survey 



Two in five plants are now estimated to be threatened with extinction. Plant diseases are spreading fast and they are contributing to a decline in many plant species. One of these diseases is ash dieback, caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus.   

Find out about the devastating effect this pathogen is having on our ash trees and discover how Kew is helping to identify trees that display tolerance to ash dieback and ensure this genetic diversity is preserved to help fight against this deadly disease. 


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