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Boxwood Blight Invades North America [Origin A Puzzle]
ScienceNews.org ^ | January 20th, 2012 | Susan Milius

Posted on 01/22/2012 10:21:44 PM PST by fight_truth_decay

Devastating fungus has already stripped shrubbery in Europe and New Zealand.

Shrubs may be trembling by doorsteps across North America as an aggressive fungus disease of boxwood invades the continent.

Boxwood blight, caused by a Cylindrocladium fungus, was unknown to science before 2000 but has now spread through Europe and New Zealand. In October, U.S. authorities confirmed that the blight had jumped continents, with infections confirmed in North Carolina and Connecticut. By mid-January, with growers and pathologists on alert, the fungus had turned up in at least five more states — Virginia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Oregon — and British Columbia.

The blight starts with spots on leaves and black streaks on twigs. Within a few weeks, a plump shrub can turn into a clump of bare sticks.

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencenews.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boxwoodblight; environment; food; fruit; garden; gardening; plants; swd
Always some new threat to gardens and growers. Gardening was supposed to be relaxing.

Wild fruit enjoyed for hundreds of years now at risk:

Another already spreading threat found for growers of cherries, strawberries, mulberry, plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, Asian pears, currants, blackberries, loganberries, raspberries, marionberries, blueberries, grapes (both table and wine), kiwi (regular and hardy), persimmons, loquats, figs or any other soft-bodied fruits--[FLY]Spotted Wing drosophila (SWD) is a new pest in North America that has been imported from the far east. [[Daves Garden]

1 posted on 01/22/2012 10:21:55 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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This blight needs to get in line. A much more toxic blight invaded America 3 years and 2 days ago


2 posted on 01/22/2012 10:49:08 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: fight_truth_decay; JustaDumbBlonde; Red_Devil 232
In addition to the boxwood blight, there's this.

Another already spreading threat found for growers of cherries, strawberries, mulberry, plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, Asian pears, currants, blackberries, loganberries, raspberries, marionberries, blueberries, grapes (both table and wine), kiwi (regular and hardy), persimmons, loquats, figs or any other soft-bodied fruits--[FLY]Spotted Wing drosophila (SWD) is a new pest in North America that has been imported from the far east. [[Daves Garden]

Garden List ping worthy?

3 posted on 01/22/2012 11:25:43 PM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Game over.......the fungus is caused by AGW.....just wait for it.

I’m almost 60....and I remember blights and so on that rarely made the news....now everything is tramatic.....drama in the news.....precursor to 2012!!!!!!!!


4 posted on 01/22/2012 11:26:39 PM PST by Puckster
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To: fight_truth_decay
Virginia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Oregon — and British Columbia.

But not inland areas.....yet.

We've discovered that the source of a lot of unwanted pests have been delivered by private jets. Passengers and their baggage do not have to go through the rigorous inspections at either end and create problems. But they're the elites, politicians, movie and rock stars, athletes and worst of all, environmentalists.
5 posted on 01/22/2012 11:48:18 PM PST by BIGLOOK
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To: fight_truth_decay

I’ll keep an eye on my two boxwoods. Fortunately our Kansas climate is so dry and inhospitable that most fungi really don’t prosper here.


6 posted on 01/23/2012 12:57:30 AM PST by ME-262 (We need Term Limits for the federal house and senate. We need new Bums up there.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

All of our boxwoods died this past year, but it’s far more likely because of the drought here in Texas.


7 posted on 01/23/2012 5:50:36 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Never mind.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

There’s another pest making the rounds.
The Emerald Ash Borer.

My SiL’s neighborhood had ash trees lining the streets. Was beautiful.
The city came through a few months ago and cut them all down in an attempt to stop the beetle from spreading.


8 posted on 01/23/2012 6:59:30 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...

Ping to gardeners. Thanks to ApplegateRanch!


9 posted on 01/23/2012 8:25:15 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: BIGLOOK

Many folks that you’ve painted with that broad brush are involved in general aviation, and are none of those categories.


10 posted on 01/23/2012 8:30:03 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Boxwood blight ..... ruh roh! My uncle used to raise boxwoods so we have quite a few.


11 posted on 01/23/2012 8:32:01 AM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Puckster
Environmentalists=Silent Spring's Rachel Carson. [60's) pesticides and pollution of the environment, plus DDT [the single most effective agent said ever developed for saving human life on types of wildlife]. JFK had a government funded scientific committee investigate Carson's pseudo-science, because of all the controversy over her book. The investigators validated Carson's claims and added more regulations on the use of pesticides, which cost taxpayers billions of dollars. However, I didnt realize til now; that the government never banned DDT in malaria spraying outside the US, but more about its agricultural use and/or limited use. Scientists found out later that the DDT resistance could last almost a decade. Mosquitos were said to have become immune to DDT in poor countries, and was why the spraying stopped.

Now environmentalists believe that it was never about not using DDT, when it was discussed about using or not using again, but about BIG BUSINESS in the manufacture of new pesticides.

I hope for a dry/hot period early summer "after the black flies" and lots of mosquito eating insects-hummers, etc. Some people just seem to attract the mosquitos more than others.

As I said gardening or landscaping is supposed to be a relaxing thing!! It's like you are trying to "outwit a bug", and losing.

The insects will inherit the earth?


12 posted on 01/23/2012 8:38:27 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: MissMagnolia
As do I...I need to find the right clipping tools to get them to be so formed as the Brits..any suggestions?

I have several/shapes and if one got ratty looking early on, moved it to the "assisted living" garden out back; except I don't assist; but let it do its thing, where most plantings seem to flourish again and then I don't want to dig them up.

13 posted on 01/23/2012 8:47:20 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

This interesting because my mother worked in that campaign to get DDT banned. She collected signatures and did other work.

We lived in one of those neighborhoods where they used to spray once a week and all the kids would get on their bikes and ride behind the spray truck. Now, a lot of the people who grew up in that neighborhood seem to be dying of cancers, but I don’t think that most of the people that died were the ones riding behind the truck, but I can’t be sure.

Three died of brain tumors before they were 21, three breast cancers, one pancreatic and two I’m not sure about. ....and that’s just the ones that I know about. Does anyone know if that is an abnormal rate of cancer?


14 posted on 01/23/2012 8:47:41 AM PST by Eva
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To: fight_truth_decay

Fungus Loves Florida.

I think it is our State Flower.


15 posted on 01/23/2012 8:55:34 AM PST by left that other site
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Sad news from here in southern New Hampshire. Shortly after I left for work this morning, my wife called to tell me the chicken/duck coop was fully engulfed in fire! By the time I got home, the fire department had it under control, but all 15 chickens and 5 ducks perished. The coop is a total loss.

We are stunned, but we will rebuilt and restore the flock, but we will never be able to replace the individuals.

Life goes on.

16 posted on 01/23/2012 9:03:52 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Redleg Duke

Oh my goodness, that is awful. I am so sad for your loss.


17 posted on 01/23/2012 9:18:59 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
We have a boxwood blight, too; it's called Silverado. It pulls up boxwoods three at a time by the roots. :)

The previous owner's idea of landscaping was to encircle the house with boxwoods, and the mailbox, an Eastern Redbud tree, several utility poles, and oak trees. Our first order of business in our first spring(last year) was to clear out half of them and plant more attractive plants and flowers in their place.

18 posted on 01/23/2012 9:25:02 AM PST by rightly_dividing (ICor. 15:1-4)
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To: fight_truth_decay

somebeaches are hard enough to get growing good as it is...

biggest ones I ever saw were at Maple Hall outside Lexington VA about 8 years ago

I hear they trimmed them back about 50 percent

they were almost to the 3rd floor of the old home and were said to date back a very long time


19 posted on 01/23/2012 9:27:16 AM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: Redleg Duke

I am sorry to hear of your loss—you can replace, yes; but the horror of the fire and the loss of your feathered friends becomes a sad memory. They do have personalities don’t they? New ones will come and you will see like personalities to comment over. Wow, again..what a downer!


20 posted on 01/23/2012 9:32:17 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: wardaddy
Largest ones I have seen were in the Hamptons, on Long Island and those were being trimmed by illegals? They have tall ladders to the tops, and work off those that are privacy pivots which surround the homes--is that the same thing as boxwoods as they are all sheared like box-woods. I am not an expert just learn as I do--and know what I like the looks of.

In fact I buy down there, as they are less money, larger from a longer growing season and still fare well further north in a lower zone. They also keep their shapes pretty much are so thick and stay green, just have a row around a center section in a more protected courtyard; which I wish I could trim more precisely. Forget ever doing some topiary type animal!!

Home Depot early on in the season has some nice big healthy ones.

The illegals stand on the corners or at the food marts in the Hamptons, in groups and get picked up for massive ground care work. They are good at shearing/shaping.

21 posted on 01/23/2012 9:47:44 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
Most of my boxwoods that were here when I purchased this place are now dead or dying, and I am in Kansas.

While it makes me sad that they are dying, it will give me an opportunity to replace them with something more useful.

22 posted on 01/23/2012 9:51:53 AM PST by teenyelliott (Obama warned if he loses the election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance)
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To: Eva

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/science/concerns-raised-about-genetically-engineered-mosquitoes.html?pagewanted=all

the lab-reared, genetically modified insects, dengue fever focus over malaria as one type of mosquito bites during the day so nets not a partial solution.


23 posted on 01/23/2012 9:58:00 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: left that other site
our state bird is the mosquito
24 posted on 01/23/2012 10:00:53 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Eva

There was a lot of agricultural spraying where I grew up. There is also a high level of radium in the water. I haven’t heard of an increase in cancers but many have fertility problems. Don’t know if there’s a link but I’ve always thought there might be.


25 posted on 01/23/2012 10:01:57 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Boxwood is my favorite hedge. Lost ours when we put in the new patio. The idiot contractor trashed them and we never had the money to replace them.


26 posted on 01/23/2012 10:04:56 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: rightly_dividing

You better hang on to that boxwood puller ... you’re gonna need it for the okra. lol


27 posted on 01/23/2012 12:14:02 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
http://junkscience.com/ddt/

This is well worth the read (links), and exposes yet another activist alarm-ism over DDT. It tracks borderline or unprovable studies that have been used to vilify DDT.

Obviously all pesticide needs judicial and conscientious application, but, stretching the true or outright lying is not helping people where it can and does do good.

28 posted on 01/23/2012 12:15:51 PM PST by Puckster
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To: rightly_dividing

I like your approach. Would you like to swing by my house? I have 6-8 I need to nuke.


29 posted on 01/23/2012 12:22:33 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: fight_truth_decay
shrubbery in Europe

Ni!


30 posted on 01/23/2012 12:36:04 PM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I haven’t forgotten that. The okra is going to a site of it’s own that has plenty of room for pulling!


31 posted on 01/23/2012 12:46:56 PM PST by rightly_dividing (ICor. 15:1-4)
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To: Redleg Duke

I’m very sorry.


32 posted on 01/23/2012 1:36:07 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Thank you, fascinating.


33 posted on 01/23/2012 9:21:54 PM PST by dervish (female candidates: the last frontier)
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To: Redleg Duke

I’m sorry for your troubles.


34 posted on 01/23/2012 9:26:19 PM PST by dervish (female candidates: the last frontier)
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To: Redleg Duke

So sad.


35 posted on 01/24/2012 12:36:06 PM PST by tillacum
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To: tillacum
Barb ordered six Indian Runner ducklings this afternoon. Five hens and a hopefully enthusiastic drake.

Life goes on.

36 posted on 01/24/2012 12:46:58 PM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Redleg Duke

That’s good to hear. Will the ducks be penned with the chickens? If I raised them, I don’t think I could have them in a meal. I love duck eggs, they are especially good in cakes. When we ran mamma cows, it was hard for me, when the trailers came for the calfs. It was the same way when hubby sold the Llamas.


37 posted on 01/25/2012 6:24:53 AM PST by tillacum
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To: tillacum
We kept our ducks in the same poultry yard as the chickens, but the ducks were bullies. We had separate coop areas for the two breeds.

Based on some observations Barb made, I haven't ruled out arson as the cause of the fire. We had a neighbor who anonomously complained to the town about our coop last year.

The problem is the evidence is circumstantial. The back door to the duck dorm was insulated and lined inside and out, and also latched on the outside, but when Barb went around to try and release the ducks, the door was open/gone and it shouldn't have been burned through so soon.

I guess we will never know, but I will be taking steps to increase security with our next coop, to include ballistic capabilities from the bedroom window.

38 posted on 01/25/2012 10:36:01 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Redleg Duke

There are people like that. When we retired from the AF, we began a wood business, quite by accident. We live in a small town. Rog was an engineer, I was a nurse. We began playing at the ranch, cutting trees and stacking the wood, then people began buying it. OH MY, what was whispered around, was not all that nice. 2 educated people cutting and selling wood. We eventially sold to AAFES, then large restaurents, chain stores, overseas, Austrailia. THEN, we became “respectable”. At first I was burned and ready to leave this place. I’ve cooled down and retired. I’m now in the process of starting a community garden. I’ve had the land cleared, and am now waiting for the Sr Center and the realestate woman to come to a financial agreement, then look out...cause we’re ready to move. I have a lot of help from the Soil conservation people and county agent, plus a couple of ag teachers. This is going to be fun and interesting.


39 posted on 01/25/2012 1:03:10 PM PST by tillacum
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