Summary of DEFRA’s Plant Biosecurity Strategy

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published the Plant Biosecurity Strategy for Great Britain on the 9th January 2023. It outlines the government’s new vision for plant biosecurity over the next 5 years.

The vision is:

“To protect Great Britain’s plants through a strong partnership of government, industry, and the public, working together to reduce and manage risks posed by plant pests and pathogens, and facilitate safe trade.”

The Plant Biosecurity Strategy is key to protecting our plant health. Diseases and pests pose a huge threat to our natural environments, particularly native trees. The importance of a biodiverse ecosystem cannot be overlooked:

-Plants/trees provide 98% of the oxygen we breathe

Biome Technologies plc (LON:BIOM) Biome Bioplastics and Suregreen partnered to create biodegradable tree shelters. The Vigilis Bio tree shelters are made from biodegradable biomaterials and have specifically been designed to guard and protect the first 5-7 years of a tree’s life.

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