Category Archives: Definitions & Glossary

Meripilus Giganteus (Meripilus)

Meripilus Giganteus (Meripilus) Arborists are faced with a wide range of wood decay fungi, such as Meripilus that can infect living trees which, apart from honey fungus, tend to be unable to infect living tissue. Meripilus is a polypore fungus found throughout the Northern Hemisphere and widely distributed in Europe. It causes a white rot in various types of broadleaved trees,…
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Canker

Canker Canker in trees are defined as areas of dead bark and underlying wood on twigs, branches or trunks and can be caused by both fungi and bacteria or through environmental and manmade factors such as extreme temperatures or hailstones or damage from lawnmowers, chemicals or insects. Some fungi can aggressively attack trees and cause…
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Ganoderma

Ganoderma This fungus is relatively rare in the UK but can be found usually at the base (or on logs or stumps) of hardwood trees such as oak and beech. The word Ganoderma comes from the Greek ‘Ganos’ and ‘derma’ which translates to shining skin. How do I recognise it? Ganoderma is characterised by large…
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Honey Fungus: What is it and what can you do about it?

Honey Fungus: What is it and what can you do about it? Honey fungus is the common collective name given to a number of different species of fungi (Armillaria) that attack and kill the roots of woody and perennial plants and is the most destructive of all fungal disease in the UK. The fungus spreads…
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