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Jun 14, 2013 10:07 AM

Is this ash dieback or keys from last year?

Close up crop of what I think is an ash tree.

 

Are the brown clumps anything to do with dieback or are they simply still on the tree from last year.

 

Photo taken end of May this year,

 

Thanks

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    Jun 14, 2013 10:20 AM (in response to geogphotos)
    Re: Is this ash dieback or keys from last year?

    Could do with a sharper photo and/or closer view.

     

    Superficially, they do look like clumps of last year's samaras.

    But if could be branch-tip die-back, which can be due to stem-boring larvae (in which case the tips may break off)

    And it could be both.

     

    Mike

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        Jun 14, 2013 10:45 AM (in response to geogphotos)
        Re: Is this ash dieback or keys from last year?

        I'm presuming you have in mind sales of the photo, through stock or other mechaisms.

         

        If you include 'possible', you should be OK.

        But then you'd be making the photo of much less interest to potential buyers.

         

        If you can possibly investigate the tree and make more-detailed observations and photos, you/we could make a firmer ID, allowing you to remove the 'possible'. Then, using the phrase 'showing signs of Chalara fraxinea' would make it much more saleable, while still giving you a let-out through it having an implicit degree uncertainty.

         

        Mike

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            Jun 14, 2013 8:38 PM (in response to geogphotos)
            Re: Is this ash dieback or keys from last year?

            Ah well, for reporting possible sightings, 'possible ash dieback' is just fine, of course.

             

            In posting here, anybody will (hopefully) get interpretations of facts and/or opinions from folks who have relevant experience. Those people may range from the local expert unskilled in the discipline to the discipline expert with no local knowledge. But we need the facts. A photo is often a good starting point, but often more information is needed, hence my asking. I wasn't telling you to go do it yourself !

             

            Mike, appreciating there is scope for both of us mis-reading between the lines.

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