Isle of Man confirms first case of Chalara ash dieback tree disease

The first confirmed case in the Isle of Man of a usually fatal tree disease which can devastate the ash population has been found, the government said. The presence of Chalara dieback, caused by the Chalara fraxinea fungus, has been confirmed by a laboratory in the UK.

Chalara dieback, which causes leaf loss and bark lesions, was discovered on private land in an undisclosed location on the Isle of Man. It was first detected in the UK in Surrey five years ago.

Control on imports into the Isle of Man has ensured the island has been free of the disease until now, the government said.

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