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Phytophthora kernoviae

Phytophthora kernoviae

Another new arrival, first confirmed in Cornwall in 2003, this Phytophthoravariant infects rhododendron, magnolia, pieris, laburnum and other ornamental plants which act as hosts and carriers, turning every park, golf course and home garden into danger areas.  The threat to our woodland is serious as P. kernoviaecan infect and kill beech and English oak.  This is one of a growing number of Phytophthorastrains affecting major tree species to be found in the UK in recent years, it is also present in Ireland and New Zealand.