The New Disease That’s Killing An Iconic Tree

American beech (Fagus grandifolia) has seen better days.

In recent years, a new disease has been threatening its health.  Leaves are falling off prematurely.  Trees are dying.  Researchers are scratching their heads.

The disease is known as beech leaf disease.  Since its initial detection, the disease has been spreading throughout 12 states and one Canadian province.  Some people are already predicting what a world without American beech might look like.

Who is the culprit?  How bad is the disease?  And will chemical treatments work this time?

In the following video, I explore these questions.

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