Dutch elm disease

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Dutch elm disease

A disease of elm trees caused by fungi of the genus Ophiostoma, especially O. ulmi or O. novo-ulmi, characterized by wilted leaves and brown streaks in the wood and resulting in eventual death of the trees.

[From having been discovered in the Netherlands.]
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Dutch elm disease

(Plant Pathology) a disease of elm trees caused by the fungus Ceratocystis ulmi and characterized by withering of the foliage and stems and eventual death of the parts of the tree above ground
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Dutch′ elm′ disease`

a disease of elms characterized by wilting, yellowing, and falling of the leaves, caused by a fungus, Ceratostomella ulmi, transmitted by bark beetles.
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Noun1.Dutch elm disease - disease of elms caused by a fungus
plant disease - a disease that affects plants
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What makes the liberty elm special is that it is a strain of elm that is resistant to Dutch elm disease. "The cellular structure is designed so that fungus has difficulty getting in," explained Mrs.
With Dutch elm disease (DED) continuing to fell tens of thousands of trees each year, how did the American elm become a safe enough tree to plant in such a prominent place?
"We've 200 million oaks in the UK, so if this thing did really take off in the same way as Dutch elm disease, the impact on the landscape and biodiversity would be very significant."
The ERI aims to help communities protect their stately old elm trees from Dutch elm disease. The disease was discovered in the 1930s and it wiped out more than 100 million elm trees.
She said: "Dutch elm disease was quite exceptional because it was spread by insects and so could move quite quickly.
Dutch elm disease has killed more than 60 million trees since the 1970s and ash trees are now at risk of being wiped out by the double threat of bright green borer beetle and ash dieback.
Under the plan, they won't spray trees for Dutch elm disease again this year and won't pay firefighters to staff the Fire Station on weekends as they last did two years ago.
Since the mid-1970s Dutch Elm Disease has wiped out 20 million trees in Britain alone.
Researchers in Ohio are clustering seedlings grown from the few, scattered trees that have recovered from Dutch elm disease, according to an Associated Press story.
The project will take five years to undo the damage of a century of neglect, German bombing and Dutch elm disease.
Over the years, town and state officials have taken steps to inoculate the tree against Dutch elm disease.

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