Sweet Chestnut Blight (SCB)
Symptoms of the Sweet Chestnut Blight:
Sweet Chestnut Blight causes stem girdling where the canker surrounds the stem and kills branches
Orange spores in bark cracks, orange tendrils can form
Fungus is the what causes all the problems, furthermore it can lead to tree death
About the Sweet Chestnut Blight:
SCB is a plant disease caused by a fungus, this pathogen has caused severe epidemics resulting in death and dieback of Sweet Chestnut trees. This devastated sweet chestnut forests in the USA during the first half of the 1900’s, killing an estimated 3.5 billion trees. Although losses have not been on the same scale in Europe and tree losses have been regionally significant. Sweet chestnuts are grown commercially in Europe for the timber and nut markets and therefore this impacts the economy.