The English Oak is facing new threats as plant disease Xyella fatidiosa becomes a growing concern. A leading grower has warned that European plant health rules could be to blame.
Jamie Dewurst, managing director of Warwick-based nursery J&A Growers, has said that in the past the expectation has been that the authorities would keep the UK disease free but fears that “now they wont – they will just use what powers they have and ultimately as a trade we are responsible for what we do.”
It seems that due to a lack of resources inspections are limited to named hosts on the EU list and this does not include the English Oak (Quercus Robur) which is only named as a host in America.
With new plant passport regulations coming in in the Autumn to be fully implemented in three years time it seems there is a lot going on as well as these new threats.
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