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Ash Dieback was identified in Ireland in 2012, this invasive pathogen poses a severe threat to the country’s ash tree population, impacting both natural woodlands and cultivated plantations.
Early signs include wilting, leaf loss, distinctive diamond-shaped bark lesions, branch dieback, and overall tree health decline.
Rapidly impacts ash trees of all ages, facilitated by human activities
Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, a wind-borne spore-spreading fungus.
Impact on Ecosystems:
- Biodiversity Loss: Disrupts habitats, affecting wildlife.
- Economic Impact: Challenges forestry, timber production, and wood products.
Management and Prevention:
- Biosecurity Measures: Vital to halt disease spread, involving monitoring and regulation.
- Tree Removal and Replacement: Identifying and replacing infected trees with resistant species.
- Research and Surveillance: Ongoing research and regular surveillance to assess control measures.
- Public Awareness: Crucial for early detection and management through education.
- Government Response: Implemented containment measures, legislation, and guidelines.