Fungus May Kill Tempe Forest

In recent years, a fungus that has already killed thousands of trees across Greece is threatening the entire sycamore forest in Tempe, central Greece.

“Unfortunately, too many trees are infected and already dead,” said Panagiotis Tsopelas, a forest scientist at the Institute for Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems.

The disease, he said, is a “metachromatic ulcer” caused by Ceratocystis platani, an invasive fungus native to North America that affects only plane trees.

It appeared in Greece over 20 years ago. It arrived in Europe in a crate used to transport war equipment from America during World War II. The only way to deal with the disease is to destroy the affected trees. Fungus May Kill Tempe Forest

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