Ash Trees in Danger in Mature Forests
From earlier this year, the Forestry Commission has been detecting a devastating disease in ash trees, as per revelations of a recent report. While the previous cases were noted at sites in Yorkshire, Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire, the Chalara Fraxinea fungus is now being feared to turn into an outbreak in mature forests in the UK.
The team says that the outbreak may prove as lethal for the trees as Dutch elm disease did in the 1970s and 1990s. Concerns are high and therefore, the government is being urged by conservation campaigners to conduct a meeting to discuss the solution to the issue.
As per the report, the disease causes the trees' leaves to go brown and then drop. Also, the crown and branches are realized as dead. It is being said that nine in every ten trees affected by the virus tend to die eventually.
The disease has not even left other parts of Europe as the ash population in Denmark has almost been destroyed. Also, Poland has faced this tree destruction some 20 years back. However, a decision to ban the tree's imports was taken.
But, the study already shows a strong foothold of the bug in mature forests. "We have stepped up our efforts to tackle this disease as a priority", said head of the plant health service John Morgan.
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