Huge batch of 3,000 trees is planted to fight a devastating fungal disease
A huge batch of 3,000 trees is planted to fight a devastating fungal disease that is predicted to kill more than half of all ash samples in the coming decade
- Trees planted in Hampshire grown from specimens with tolerance to disease
- Fungi are a major threat and can cost £ 7 billion over the next decade
- Scientists have screened more than 150,000 trees that exhibited fungal resistance
A huge plantation of 3000 ash trees has been created to tackle a devastating deadly disease.
Each of the trees planted in Hampshire is grown from specimens with a high tolerance for the disease ashes die.
The fungus is a major threat, which is predicted to kill more than half of all ash trees for £ 7 billion over the next ten years.
A huge plantation of 3,000 ash trees has been created to tackle devastating ash-dieback disease
To protect the 125 million ash trees in the country, scientists have screened more than 150,000 trees that showed resistance to the fungus for five years. The best trees were grown in a nursery before they were planted, which in the future could lead to a breeding program for ash trees.
It is hoped that the plantation will combat ash waste, leaving diamond-shaped scars on the bark of trees, causing them to lose their leaves and kill up to 99 percent of the infected animals.
The “asarchive” schedule comes when the Daily Mail’s “Be A Tree Angel” campaign, run with Tree Council’s cause, will plant thousands of trees across the country.
Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer of the Environment Department, said, “It is vital that we continue to work on securing our ash trees for the future, so I am very happy to see the progress.”
It is hoped that the asylum archive, set up with £ 1.9 million in government funding, will yield seeds for ash trees that can be sold to farmers and garden nurseries, as well as homeowners.
The fungus is a major threat, which is predicted to kill more than half of all ash for £ 7 billion over the next ten years.
The last tree in the archive was planted to mark the start of the International Year of Plant Health, a worldwide initiative to emphasize the importance of healthy plants and trees.
Minister of Biosecurity, Lord Gardiner, said: “The International Year of Plant Health is a timely reminder of the importance of our natural environment and the action needed, from the government and beyond, to the rich heritage of our trees and plants protect island from dangerous diseases such as as dieback.
“The readers of the Daily Mail are aware of the value of our trees, as they have demonstrated by acting in the fantastic Mail campaign, which has already attracted so many and is still collecting momentum for thousands of more trees to grow. plants.’