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Invasive fungus confirmed in Chesterfield County

Tuesday - 9/24/2013, 8:00am  ET

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Symptoms of defoliation caused by boxwood blight. (Courtesy VDACS/Virginia Cooperative Extension)

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) -- State authorities have confirmed the discovery of an invasive fungus in a planting in Chesterfield County.

Chesterfield Cooperative Extension director T. Michael Likins initially verified the fungus as boxwood blight. Likins tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1bCX97I ) that the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has confirmed his finding.

Likins says a local landscaper reported the fungus in an area that he'd planted about a year ago.

The fungus doesn't kill plants. But it does cause them to lose all their foliage. That makes them vulnerable to other threats.

Scientists are concerned that the fungus could spread to historic gardens in eastern Virginia.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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