Sunday, May 18, 2008

‘Conker canker’ outbreak - icWales

‘Conker canker’ outbreak - icWales: May 18 2008 by James McCarthy, Wales On Sunday

"IF HEALTH and safety killjoys don’t stop kids playing conkers first - a highly contagious plant disease might.

Half of the nation’s two million horse chestnut trees have ‘conker canker’ which makes the trunk split and ooze sap.

Trees can be wiped out in just two years and there is no known cure.

The Forestry Commission’s plant health head, Roddie Burgess, said: “This is an unknown bacteria and at this stage we have no idea how it got here, why it affects certain horse chestnuts and not others, or how long it takes to kill a plant.”"

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