Plaguing oak-killing fungus now arrived Indiana

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The killer has now traveled down to Indiana, after mutilating hundreds of thousands in California. The fungus-like organism that causes a tree disease causes ‘Sudden Oak Death’ by encircling oak trees, strangling them. According to state officials, they arrived in a shipment of shrubs from Oregon.

It was spotted in a Viburnum shrub at Sears Hardware in Portage two weeks ago. The disease is called — Phytophthora ramorum. It does not spread from oak to oak but to oaks from host plants such as rhododendrons and maple trees.

State entomologist Robert Waltz said,

It’s worrisome. It’s a very bad pathogen, no doubt about it.

Via: Associated Press

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