Results

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.

The paper is quite detailed but the simple summary of the paper is as follows:
  • 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.