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Ash dieback

Posted by on November 23rd 2012

Ash Dieback Outbreak – Composting From Garden Organic

“Garden Organic is currently seeking clarification from leading researchers and
organisations in the field about the life cycle, survival mechanisms and thermal death point of the fungal pathogen Chalara fraxinea, with regards to the recent outbreak of Ash
dieback. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and it can lead
to tree death.
Until we are clear on these issues we can be unsure as to whether composting is a
suitable method for treating leaves and prunings from Ash trees showing symptoms of
infection by C. fraxinea. If you suspect that your Ash trees are infected then please visit
the Forestry Commission’s website where you will find a pictorial guide for recognising the
symptoms.”