Millions of Plants Caught in Dragnet for|
Oak Killer By BRADFORD McKEE
Published: December 23, 2004- no longer on
line, but Google for update
JUST in time to complicate spring planting,
the federal government is preparing to issue what agriculture
officials call the most sweeping restrictions on the shipment of
nursery plants ever undertaken in the United States, to try to prevent
the spread of a virulent disease that has killed tens of thousands of
oaks and other species along the West Coast.
The restrictions, expected to be issued in early January, will
affect millions of plants grown in California, Oregon and Washington,
about one-third of the country's nursery plant supply. They will
require inspection, sampling and possibly testing of all plants that
could be hosts to the pathogen, Phytophthora ramorum, the cause of
sudden oak death syndrome, before shipment across state lines. The
disease has been spotted in 22 states.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Zone 5 Record low -23F
Summer 100F +
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