After drought and fire stressed hardwood trees face new airborne threat
POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 3:32am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 3:32am
Upshur County —
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.”