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“Problem?” asks a bemused, predominantly urban Britain. What problem? The answer is a plague of potentially biblical proportions. Remember Dutch Elm Disease, which caused
28 million elms to perish in the Seventies? Well, meet its aggressive younger brother, Phytophthora ramorum, or PR, a fungus-like pathogen thought to have begun in Asia and to have spread to these shores via Europe.
The first sign of PR is when a tree’s foliage starts to wilt or blacken. But by then, it’s too late. Another indication is when the inner bark turns brown instead of green, and a black fluid starts to flow through ugly external lesions. Death usually follows.
Cutting down and removal is the only treatment. Failure to do so will ensure the spread of the disease not just to other trees (beech, sweet chestnut and horse chestnut are known to be susceptible), but to a range of plants, including rhododendron, viburnum, pieris, lilac and camellia (the pathogen devours their leaves and shoots).
ACIB, I thought your title was talking about this:
...that the people living in the forests were being affected by it.
Mind you, the only sawmills that will be allowed to process the wood are those with approved bio-security measures. And, in a move reminiscent of the foot-and-mouth outbreak, everyone visiting or working on an infected site is required to sluice down their boots, even bicycle tyres and to spray them with a PR-neutralising chemical.
AndCanItBe wrote:I thought that was what the article was talking about too when I saw the title, Tevye! I think it was misleading to get people to click and I wanted to change it but I believe it's copyrighted, so I settled for the snip so you didn't figure it out half-way through the article like me, lol.
M. Jones wrote:Phytophthora ramorum a modern day black death is sweeping through the larch trees
of the south west bringing death and destruction. Sounds serious does it not. Well it is.
Technically, Phytophthora is a destructive parasitic fungi causing brown rot in plants.
Phytophthora are a large group of pathogens that cause diseases in plants, including many species of tree.
The Greek-derived name literally means 'plant destroyer' from phyto (plant) and phthora (destroyer).
The symptoms of infection include a black canker and black bleeds.
Christopher Middleton wrote:The first sign of PR is when a tree’s foliage starts to wilt or blacken.
But by then, it’s too late. Another indication is when the inner bark turns brown
instead of green, and a black fluid starts to flow through ugly external lesions. Death usually follows.
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