For a scientist, one of the measures of good quality science is for the work to be 'peer-reviewed' (assessed by other scientists) and published in a scientific journal.You can read the scientific paper that we published in 2014 giving the first results from the Conker Tree Science study.
- Can ordinary people do real, important and interesting science? Yes, most definitely!
- How bad is the damage caused by the moth? Pretty bad - within 3 years of the moth arriving in a location it looks like autumn has come early to the conker trees.
- Why is the moth doing so well at damaging our conker trees? We discovered one reason is because the natural pest-controllers (tiny parasitic wasps) are just not occurring in large enough numbers.
More results will be added here in due course.