After drought and fire stressed hardwood trees face new airborne threat

After drought and fire stressed hardwood trees face new airborne threat
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POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 4:32am

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 4:32am

 

A hard-to-pronounce disease is becoming a household word in East Texas.

Hypoxylon canker already is a familiar term here in Diana, where loggers are harvesting acre after acre of drought-weakened hardwood trees killed by the airborne fungus.

“Horrifying” was the word that came to Ronnie Wall’s mind as he surveyed 20 acres of once-sprawling oak trees killed by the disease, pronounced “hi-pocks-ill-on.” 

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