The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (NERC CEH) is the UK’s Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. It is one of four research centres belonging to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC CEH science delivers crossdisciplinary monitoring, survey and hypothesis-led experimental investigation, providing data and knowledge to the wider science, policy and innovation communities. In the areas of biological invasion and disease ecology, NERC CEH scientists have specific expertise in modelling the distribution, dynamics and control of invasive non-native species and pathogens. Our work supports invasive species policy through horizon scanning, prioritisation and risk assessment.
Role in the Project
NERC will work within Work Package 8, developing mechanistic models to simulate Xylella fastidiosa epidemics and their management. Specifically, we will develop a spatial epidemiological model capturing the dynamics and interactions between bacteria, host plants, vectors and management interventions. This model development will build upon empirical advances made in the other Work Packages of XF-ACTORS and beyond. The model will deliver new guidance on how to conduct disease surveillance and design managment regimes to effectively contain or even eradicate the disease.