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Re: Back to Summer Limb Drop

Subject: Re: Back to Summer Limb Drop
From: John Flannigan
Date: Aug 15 2006 15:29:01
<<Of course, ideally, we could conjure up a research budget, and start to do some
detailed analysis like electron miscroscopy of the cell structure at point
of failure to see if there is evidence of cellular collapse, and if so, what
triggered it.>>

Absolutely - Arborists are plagued by lack of research. Hopefully all you Arbs put this across to DEFRA during the recent tree strategy consultation. As an interesting point the Forestry Commission spent £13.2 million on research last year compared with £60k by DCLG.

In the meantime we will have to rely on interested individuals and their own pockets.
John



----- Original Message ----- From: "Julian Dunster" <jdunster@xxxxxxxx.com>
To: "UK Tree Care" <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 3:22 PM
Subject: Re: Back to Summer Limb Drop


It would be really useful if everyone who noted the failed limbs could take a few moments to document them: size of cross section at failure; length of failed limb, length of stub remaining, type of fracture (photo is good as long as you mark top / bottom). If you added that info into a database then maybe we could start to have a basis for more understanding. Otherwise, we may be forever nattering about it but without any further undertanding. Of course, ideally, we could conjure up a research budget, and start to do some detailed analysis like electron miscroscopy of the cell structure at point of failure to see if there is evidence of cellular collapse, and if so, what triggered it.

For now, even a simple data base would be a start towards more understanding.
jd

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