A fungus that can kill ash trees has been discovered in the U.K., and the government may need to restrict imports next month to prevent the disease from spreading, the National Farmers Union said.
The fungus, chalara fraxinea pathogen, was discovered in East Anglia, the Stoneleigh, England-based NFU said in the statement. It’s the first time the disease, found in other European countries, has been established in the U.K.
Several hundred thousand ash plants are imported into the country annually, the NFU said. The fungus is capable of spreading “rapidly,” by as much as 20 kilometers (12 miles) to 30 kilometers a year, it said.
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