Japanese Black Pines In NC Dying Because Of Worms

A small worm is slowly eating away at dozens of Japanese black pine trees along the North Carolina coast.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that the tree are under attack in Corolla from pinewood nematode, a small worm that attacks the root system.

Online pine disease research published by North Carolina State University also shows pine sawyer beetles spread nematodes from tree to tree.

Younger trees have survived by spraying insecticide around the root system. For older trees, the only recourse is to cut them down.

Dan McCarthy, a ranger with the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources, says not much can be done about the nematodes except cut down the infected trees and dispose of them. McCarthy said the pinewood nematodes aren't a major threat to other pines.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 10, 2010 at 07:50 PM
    The problem is it ususally won't stay limited to a specific tree.. though it may seem like it right now. Hey, where's that goober that posted something like "Who cares?" on the story a while back about using local firewood to prevent such incidents. Someone cares now.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    I remember this being part of Obama's campaign...get rid of the foreign trees, and give the job of producing oxygen back to good ol' American trees. Job well done, sir!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 10, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    Help me out here. Are these trees from Japan? If so when were they imported and transplanted? Exactly how are they used and why? How sure are the "experts" that there is no danger to the local pine? Is this little vermin going to be like kudzu and take over the world? Why do we continue to import foreign plants into this country? Just plain stupid. Australia is over run by non native species. So is Florida.
  • by What you people sound like Location: Honestly on Jan 10, 2010 at 12:52 PM
    I think the police department should step up patrols in the black pine community and start putting these thug worms where they belong!! I know that the root of the real problem though is Obama and Pelosi because they were left with that huge mess from Bush and Cheney. But don't worry once Obama gets the healthcare in place the black japanese can get the health care that they have a RIGHT to when they are attacked by these worm thugs!!
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