Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Deadly Fungus Killing Europe's Plane Trees

42,000 plane trees line the Canal du Midi that runs 240km (150-mile) from Toulouse to the port of Sete on the Mediterranean. Back in Spring 2006 it was noticed that these trees' spring leaves were failing to open. Now five years later all 42,000 planes trees are to be felled and immediately burned, victims of a deadly and incurable fungus called Ceratocystis platani. The fungus travels through the canal water and can enter the trees through any scratch or scrape on the bark. Traced back to the munitions boxes brought over by American soldiers in World War 2, it is thought likely the fungus may spread to the plane trees that line the streets of Paris, Berlin and London.
Posted by Astrojenny

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