Disease Encompasses Scottish National Park

Many trees are being felled due to a sudden outbreak of disease in Scotland’s Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park. Two deadly fungus species are to blame for this catastrophe.

One of these diseases is a plant pathogen phytopthora. Reports of around 80 dead and dying chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Lawson’s cypress) were investigated in the two affected areas by the forestry commission.

For the first time in the UK Phyophthora lateralis was found. This is a particularly potent species that attacks the roots of the tree and is almost always fatal.

Plant pathogens have further found that P.ramorum (ramorum dieback) is also present in the park. This is the first time both species have been found in the same location.

Disease and pest can be a nuisance to many gardeners, but knowing what diseases are out there can help you be more aware. Also, to deal with the problem as soon as you notice it is also key to having a healthy and happy garden. At Blue Iris Landscapes, we have helped many clients to tackle their pest problem and make sure that they are left with a fantastic garden.

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