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Re: Fungi on oak

Subject: Re: Fungi on oak
From: Mark Evans
Date: Sep 12 2017 17:44:45
Hi Jerry,
In Barnstaple last summer we had a large 200 + year old English Oak with
merip heave n' crack on one side of the 'plate'. It had already been
reduced by around 30% about 3 years previously too as a precaution. Crown
health was pretty good throughout as i recall. We had to fell it due to a
footpath on one side. Installation of which probably initiated the
infection.

Mark Evans
Arbmark Tree Care
Ilfracombe
All aspects of Arboriculture from minor pruning to large sectional
dismantles, tree surveying and safety inspections

On 8 Sep 2017 11:19, "Jerry Ross" <trees@xxxxxxxxxx.co.uk> wrote:

Moving on from subs, here's a change of subject:

I looked at a big oak in someone's garden the other day which had
Meripilus popping up all over the place, both around the trunk but also
coming up in the lawn some way away. The same tree also had Fomes brackets
at the base. The crown looks pretty awful and I don't think there's much
doubt about the prognosis - but neither species of fungus is commonly
associated with oak (although I've been finding more Merip. than Grifola on
oak over the last couple of years) -

So I wondered if anyone has any insight into how these species of fungus
interact with oak as compared with their more usual UK hosts.




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