Ash Dieback disease is caused by the Chalara fraxinea fungus. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and it can lead to tree death. It is believed to spread from both nursery transplants and ash wood, consequently imports of nursery stock, firewood and wood for hurley manufacture in particular all pose a threat.
Chalara fraxinea was first confirmed in eastern Europe in 1992 and it has spread westwards since. The disease was found in Britain in Spring of 2011 and first identified in Ireland in a plantation in Leitrim Autumn 2012. To date there have been 39 confirmed findings of Chalara fraxinia in forestry plantations in counties Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Meath, Tipperary and Waterford.
Symptoms to look for include necrotic lesions on stems and branches leading to foliage wilt, dieback of branches and death of the top of the crown.
The following links show additional information about the disease and useful information on how to identify Chalara fraxinea:
- Department Update on Chalara - October 2013
- Department Webpage on Chalara
- Reconstitution Scheme (Chalara Ash Dieback) - March 2013
- Chalara fraxinea Ash dieback disease - Forest Service Information Note (Dec 2012)
- Advisory Newsletter on Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) - Teagasc (December 2012)
- Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) - Teagasc
- Chalara dieback of ash (Chalara fraxinea) - Forestry Commission
- FRAXBACK website
Tree health- What to look out for - www.observatree.org.uk
- Also check out the website www.ashtag.org for latest reports on sitings, information on the disease and an app to help map and identify the Ash dieback disease.
- NEW! OpenAshDieBack - A hub for crowdsourcing information and genomic resources for Ash Dieback http://oadb.tsl.ac.uk/
Two-year project to gather an in-depth understanding of the ash dieback fungus and provide genetic clues about some ash trees' natural resistance to attack.
Videos to help identify Chalara fraxinea:
- Chalara ash dieback - identifying symptoms in the winter - Forestry Commission video
- Chalara fraxinea - Life Cycle and Symptoms - FERA video
- Biosecurity - Good working practice for those involved in forestry - Forestry Commission Leaflet