How can a fungus be such a danger to ash?

The British government has reacted to the spread of Ash dieback by banning Ash imports to the UK. The Food and Environment Research Agency have released a video explaining how the life cycle of the fungus Chalara fraxinea can spread through Ash.

The Forestry Commission also has guides on how to recognise the symptoms of a Chalara fraxinea infection. If you’re from outside the UK, news sites covering this story include the BBC, the Guardian and Channel4.

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Alun Salt

When he's not the web developer for AoB Blog, Alun Salt researches something that could be mistaken for the archaeology of science. His current research is about whether there's such a thing as scientific heritage and if there is how would you recognise it?