Pest & Disease Alert - Phytophthora Lateralis surfaces on Lawson Cypress in Scotland once more

The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) has discovered an outbreak of Phytophthora Lateralis on Lawson Cypress, or Chamaeecyparis Lawsoniana in Scotland.

The plants were destroyed.

It is not known the precise site of the outbreak, but it follows two outbreaks of the pathogen affecting Lawson Cypress in Scotland.

The first outbreak of P. Lateralis in Britain was detected last December, at Balloch Castle Country Park, on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Then earlier this year P. Lateralis was discovered on Lawson Cypress at Greenock Cemetery in Inverclyde.

The Forestry Commission has urged all owners of Lawson cypress trees to inspect them regularly for P. lateralis, and report any unexplained symptoms of dieback to its Tree Health Diagnostic & Advisory Service via ddas.nrs@forestry.gov.uk or by phoning 0131 445 2176.

To see FERA's latest Interception Chart - see PDF attachment.


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