Potential Ash Dieback breakthrough…

A promising breakthrough for Ash trees?

 

As Geocacher’s the environment we go caching in is a huge part of what makes our hobby enjoyable. Either from maintaining where we love to cache by attending CITO events, or by simply popping bits of rubbish in the bin when we’re out walking, it all helps keep our environment that little bit nicer. So here’s a little something that you could do to help the environment on your next Geocaching adventure…

Ash Dieback (Chalara fraxinea) is an unfortunate disease of the ash tree which has swept over Europe wiping out whole forests of ash trees and until today has showed no signs of abating.

However, there have been some recent potential breakthroughs in the development of a fungicide which could be used to lessen the strength of the enzyme produced by the ash dieback fungus. Click here for a video explaining more about this amazing potential breakthrough, and here for more information about the study that’s helped to discover this fungicide. It’s all still in the early stages but with more tests and improvements this could be great news for England’s tree population.

As Geocacher’s you can help identify and now (if everything goes well with the tests) potentially slow down the future spread of this disease from our wonderful ash trees on your next walk. Using your Geo-hunting skills you can Geo-tag any ash trees you find which will make you the ‘steward’ of that tree. As a steward your duty will be to keep the website updated on the health and progress of that particular tree. Every tree that is found to have ash dieback will be added to the map to help scientists understand how the disease is being spread throughout the UK.

Your help could be invaluable in saving ash trees in the UK so what are you waiting for?!

Ash Trees

“Ash Trees in November, Middlegate” CC2012 David Wright.

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