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Insects, Volume 11, Issue 9 (September 2020) – 103 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The impact on tree health from pests and pathogens that are new to a region has increased in recent [...] Read more. The impact on tree health from pests and pathogens that are new to a region has increased in recent years. In the UK, the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) project tested how effective volunteers from the general public can be in support of tree health surveillance. The Citizen Science approach inspired considerable engagement from the public, who completed over 2800 surveys covering more than 4500 trees. Nevertheless, the surveillance results were only partially of value to tree health specialists. A "road map" for more effective engagement of the public is proposed based on the greater involvement of citizens, supported by some input from existing expert knowledge, use of suitably trained lay citizens at critical times when additional surveillance capacity is needed, "mainstreaming" and funding citizen activity into the official programs, and improved integration and consolidation of reporting portals and databases. View this paper.