Rhode Islanders are being asked to be aware of Beech Leaf Disease that can kill trees
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is asking residents to monitor their beech trees for signs of leaf damage from Beach Leaf Disease (BLD).
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is asking residents to monitor their beech trees for signs of leaf damage from Beech Leaf Disease (BLD).
Early symptoms of BLD include dark striping on the tree’s leaves parallel to the leaf veins, DEM says.
The dark striping is best seen by looking upward into the back lit canopy, according to DEM.
DEM says BLD was detected in the Ashaway area of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, in 2020 and in coastal Massachusetts.
Before it was detected locally, the disease was only known to be in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut.
The disease is caused by a nematode, a microscopic worm. Rhode Island DEM says while they’re are good species of nematodes, the BLD nematodes cause leaf damage that leads to tree decline and death.
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