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Ash Dieback Fungus Could Devastate Endangered Species

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, trees, fungus )

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The killer fungus threatening a third of Britain's woodland could take a terrible toll on rare insects, birds and bats that rely upon ash trees for their survival, according to wildlife experts.

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Past Member (0)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 8:22 am
Yeah, this could be serious for us in the UK.

Denmark lost 90% of its ash trees to this disease and a third of our trees are ash. And it can happen. We lost something like this many trees to Dutch Elm Disease in the 60's.

It's very concerning.

Michael M (60)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 9:17 am
Sudden Oak Death is a severe problem in California as well.

Roger: Elm trees were the major constituent of traditional dwellings in the Eastern part of North America
Oak acorns fed the California Indians
The Emerald Ash Borer severely threatens the Ash trees of numerous species in the US and Canada

From Poland, Sweden and the Baltic states we see that this fungus has a history of devastation there. Some trees were resistant, and in some areas Ash is making a comeback now resistant.

England seems to have gotten the disease due to imports of nursery trees. (that's a loaded subject, as most of the really deadly diseases can be traced to such sources. Fungi killing avocado trees and Port Orford Cedars - pretty much 100% death when infected) are tragic instances)

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 12:19 pm
I was just reading about the ash trees that weathered the fungus and are now thriving in other countries Michael. Perhaps we should look at what makes those trees resistant. Long before we were ever around the cycle of life happened to the dinosaurs as it has happened to countless species since; including other hominids. Those that adapted survived, evolved and thrived. I think it could be the same here. It will be the same with humanity unless it changes it's behavioral patterns.

michelle t (41)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 1:12 pm
Thia is not good news

penny C (83)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 3:04 pm
Awful news indeed.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 6:16 pm
Noted with sadness and a prayer.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Monday November 5, 2012, 5:37 am
Sadly noted. The Labour government knew about this years ago and did nothing! Thanks, Cher.
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