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    Default Re: Ireland bans Ash imports due to 'Chalara dieback'

    There will be no shortage of hurls, thanksbittagod
    Fears of a major hurley shortage due to restrictions imposed following the breakout of a disease affecting ash trees across Europe have been averted.
    The State-owned forestry company Coillte has said it will bring forward the harvesting of ash trees to ensure that more than 40,000 hurley planks will be supplied to hurley-makers over the winter.

    New ash import restrictions introduced by the Department of Agriculture to prevent the spread of the disease had raised concern among makers of the traditional camán that there would be a major shortage of hurleys over the coming month
    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...rs-214892.html

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    Default Maidir Le: Ireland bans Ash imports due to 'Chalara dieback'

    Michael McNamara said in the Dáil this week that we are not self sufficient in Ash. Was wondering how long we have been playing with foreign hurlies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. FIVE View Post
    Michael McNamara said in the Dáil this week that we are not self sufficient in Ash. Was wondering how long we have been playing with foreign hurlies?
    Easy opt out for some of them misfiring forwards. It's the feckin Polish ash, Boss

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    Default Maidir Le: Ireland bans Ash imports due to 'Chalara dieback'

    lolz

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    Looks like there is an effort by British nurseries to conceal the true extent of the outbreak:
    Nurseries infected with the deadly fungus set to wipe out Britain's 80m ash trees have been removed from the official map of the outbreak the Guardian can reveal, after nursery owners complained that being identified might hurt their business.

    Officials said permitting anonymity encourages nursery owners to come forward and report infections, but critics say concealing the identity of infected nurseries means the public and scientists trying to fight the epidemic do not have the full facts.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...-nurseries-map

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    The Department of Agriculture have found this outside the perimeter of the Leitrim plantation of imports, in a native tree.
    They are clearing around the plantation - 8 kilmoters in each direction.
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    This is very sad news if it comes to pass. Even Elm is able to survive through suckers, though rarely, if ever, gets to full size. Natural resistance in some trees will hopefully let it survive but very unfortunate that it now has not just one but two enemies. Be interesting to see if our island status can keep us safe from the bug.

    The ash tree is likely to be wiped out in Europe, according to the largest-ever survey of the species.

    The trees are being killed off by the fungal disease ash-dieback along with an invasive beetle called the emerald ash borer.

    According to the research, published in the Journal of Ecology, the British countryside will never look the same again.

    The paper says that the ash will most likely be "eliminated" in Europe.

    This could mirror the way Dutch elm disease largely wiped out the elm in the 1980s.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35876621

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    The loss of the ash tree would be devastating in the Irish landscape.

    Can only hope that there will be some strain that survives and can repopulate.

    Not so sure what to do with the bugs.....

    I wonder what eats them, in the East, where they come from ?
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    Default Re: Ireland bans Ash imports due to 'Chalara dieback'

    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    The loss of the ash tree would be devastating in the Irish landscape.

    Can only hope that there will be some strain that survives and can repopulate.

    Not so sure what to do with the bugs.....

    I wonder what eats them, in the East, where they come from ?
    It would be terrible, it has to be our most common native tree species.

    It seems predatory birds and parasitoid wasps. There have been trials here in Ireland in using parasitoid wasps and nematodes as an alternative to pesticides in trying to control pine weevil.

    I wonder is their spread a natural spread east due to something like changing climatic conditions or have they been introduced?

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    Surely the seeds can be preserved until some cure is found. A friend of mine co- founded Seedsavers. Originally they focussed on native cereals I think. If some deadly bug wipesd out the GM stuff ,heaven forfend , we won't starve!
    Last edited by Donal Og; 24-03-2016 at 07:29 PM.

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