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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

New Phytopthera killing Juniper

We now have a new disease to add to the current worry about Phytopthera ramorum. A damaging plant disease that was until recently almost unknown in Britain has been confirmed in rare native juniper bushes at the Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve in the North Pennines of England.The disease is caused by Phytophthora austrocedrae, a fungus-like organism that infects the plant through the root system and causes the foliage to decline and eventually die.Juniper is a native conifer and a member of the Cypress (Cupressaceae) family of plants. P. austrocedrae infection was only confirmed in the UK last year on other trees from this family, at two sites in Scotland.

I have provided a link to this and there are other interesting reports on this page which many will find interesting. I have not come across this link before http://www.countryside-jobs.com/NewsArchive/Archive2012/06.html

1 comment:

Philip said...

This link to the Forestry Commission will tell you more http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-8rajz3