Invasive forest pathogens in Europe: Cross-country variation in public awareness but consistency in policy acceptability
Cech, Thomas L.
Hietala, Ari M.
Horta Jung, Marília
Doğmuş Lehtijarvi, Hatice Tuğba
MetadataShow full item record
Political action can reduce introductions of diseases caused by invasive forest pathogens (IPs) and public support is important for effective prevention. The public’s awareness of IP problems and the acceptability of policies aiming to combat these pathogens were surveyed in nine European countries ( N =
3469). Although awareness of specific diseases (e.g., ash dieback) varied, problem awareness and policy acceptability were similar across countries. The public was positive towards policies for informational measures and stricter standards for plant production, but less positive towards restricting public access to protected areas. Multilevel models, including individual and country level variables, revealed that media exposure was positively associated with awareness of IP problems, and strengthened the link between problem awareness and policy acceptability. Results suggest that learning about IPs through the media and recognizing the associated problems increase policy acceptability. Overall, the study elaborates on the anthropogenic dimension of diseases caused by IPs.
Is part ofAmbio: A Journal of the Human Environment, 2018
The following license files are associated with this item:
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
The invasive forest pathogen Hymenoscyphus fraxineus boosts mortality and triggers niche replacement of European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) Díaz-Yáñez, Olalla; Mola Yudego, Blas; Timmermann, Volkmar; Tollefsrud, Mari Mette; Hietala, Ari M.; Oliva Palau, Jonàs (Springer Nature, 2020-03-24)Determining the impacts of invasive pathogens on tree mortality and growth is a difficult task, in particular in the case of species occurring naturally at low frequencies in mixed stands. In this study, we quantify such ...
Stenlid, Jan; Oliva Palau, Jonàs; Boberg, Johanna; Hopkins, Anna J.M. (MDPI, 2011-06-01)New diseases in forest ecosystems have been reported at an increasing rate over the last century. Some reasons for this include the increased disturbance by humans to forest ecosystems, changed climatic conditions and ...
Redondo, Miguel Ángel; Berlin, Anna; Boberg, Johanna; Oliva Palau, Jonàs (Oxford University Press, 2020-05-01)Predicting fungal community assembly is partly limited by our understanding of the factors driving the composition of deposited spores. We studied the relative contribution of vegetation, geographical distance, seasonality ...