Sitka spruce disease leaves foresters wary

Irish Independent - Farming - - Front Page -

FORESTRY own­ers have been put on high alert af­ter the world's first case of Sud­den Oak Death in Sitka spruce was con­firmed in Ire­land by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture on Fri­day.

Sitka spruce ac­counts for 52pc of the stand­ing for­est in Ire­land and up to 90pc of the sawmill in­take in this coun­try.

The in­fected young tree was ap­prox­i­mately two me­tres in height and was grow­ing in close prox­im­ity and un­der­neath the canopy of a large in­fected rhodo­den­dron bush.

Of­fi­cials have not dis­closed the lo­ca­tion of the in­fected Sitka spruce.

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