Scientists can not stop the spread of deadly fungus to ash in the UK, but expect to soon find a pest-resistant trees, said the executive secretary of the British Ministry of Environment Owen Paterson (Owen Paterson), whose words are in the ministry.
Cases infected trees have been confirmed in six counties of Britain. Sick pathogenic fungus chalara fraxinea trees begin to lose their leaves and die.
"The scientific community has stated that it is impossible to stop the spread of disease now, after mature trees were found infected with the fungus. However, this does not mean that the ash in the UK die. If we can slow down the spread of the fungus, give us time to find trees resistant to the disease and we can continue to use them for planting, "- said Paterson In the last in the Ministry for the Environment, Food and Agricultural Products UK (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs — Defra) meeting on the conservation of ash.
Defra intends to introduce in the country have the following conservation measures: will be destroyed the seedlings and young trees with signs of the disease, and the condition of adults infected trees will watch experts. Residents and foresters will receive instructions for the identification of infected trees. In addition, the government will determine the protection zones, where grow healthy trees. In such zones ash receive special labeling to allow him to land in other areas.
Earlier, the ministry reported that the UK imported ash seedlings were infected in European nurseries. Ban on the importation of young ash trees in Britain came into force on October 29. According to specialists, the epidemic is potentially capable of completely destroying 80 million ash trees UK.
The first case of the fungus ash in Britain was confirmed in March of this year in the nursery Buckinghamshire. November 5, kennel must destroy 50,000 ash trees, causing kennel management intends to sue the British government for what it has not imposed a ban on the import of plants from Europe before.
Fungus chalara fraxinea, which kills the tree, was first identified in Eastern Europe in 1992, and for two decades has spread to most of the continent. The fungus has destroyed 90% of ash trees in Denmark.