Spread of imported fungal diseases poses threat to Britain's gardens
The National Trust has warned the Government that drastic action must be taken to curb the invasion of two deadly fungal diseases which could affect all public gardens in the UK within 20 years.
The experts have discovered the diseases have already jumped from cultivated shrubs and trees to native British species in important natural heathlands – such as wild bilberry. Studies have also shown the diseases attacks heather.
The diseases are caused by two species, Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae – believed to have been imported on ornamental plants. The fungi are deadly to woody plants and shrubs including rhododendron, viburnum, magnolia and camelia. Experts fear their spread could become unstoppable. The National Trust has written to ministers calling for swathes of rhododendron to be cut down to stop the spread.
Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around
Feed ducks frozen peas instead of stale bread, charity asks
Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Malawi to burn its £5m ivory stockpile this week - and demonstrate its commitment to wildlife conservation
The ugliest animals on earth: Blobfish, axolotl and proboscis monkey battle it out to be named least attractive beast
- 1 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 2 Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
- 3 I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts
- 4 April Fools' Day 2015: The best hoax news stories from around the internet
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Katie Hopkins reported to the police for race hatred by Labour MP Simon Danczuk after tweet about Pakistani men
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working closely with the market...
£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A reputable company, famed for ...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group has been engaged by a highly resp...