Devastating disease affecting Hawaiian forest trees

Posted on Mon, 21 Mar 2016, 15:08

Metrosideros polymorpha is the dominant tree, and foundation, of native Hawaiian forests. Sadly, over the past 2-3 years, a new fungal disease (a Ceratocystis species) has spread rapidly across the Island of Hawai'i, where it has killed trees over much of their range. You can learn more about the spread of the disease here.

http://www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/forestry/disease/ohia_wilt.html

Lyon Arboretum has initiated a program to collect and store Metrosideros seeds in its seed bank. Please consider supporting this important initiative. You can learn more about it here.

https://www.gofundme.com/ohialove/

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