Thousand Canker Disease

  • Thousand Canker Disease

  • Nick Bridgeman

    August 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Associated Press – July 30, 2010 5:15 PM ET

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials say a forester working near Knoxville has discovered what is likely the first thousand canker disease in black walnut trees in the eastern United States.


    Tennessee Department of Agriculture spokesman Tom Womack said further tests on a sample taken from a yard in Knox County could positively identify the fungus that is carried by tiny beetles.

    Womack said “it certainly does appear this may be the first thousand canker disease find east of the Mississippi.” He said Friday that the results should be available by late next week.

    Forester Tim Phelps said the disease destroys black walnut trees that are “pretty widespread throughout the East.” The tree disease is currently in eight western states: Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

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