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in Christmas tree production, with nearly 7 million harvested in 2007, the latest figures available from the National Christmas Tree Association. North Carolina was a distant second, with around 3.
1 million trees cut. One study estimated the potential losses to Oregon's nursery and Christmas tree industries of up to $304 million a year if Phytophthora is not properly contained. Douglas and Noble fir are the dominant holiday tree species in the Pacific Northwest. In North Carolina, the No. 2 producer, it costs farmers up to $6 million a year, said John Frampton, a Christmas tree Adidas Gazelle Peach geneticist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. To date, no fungicide has proved effective to control Phytophthora on Christmas tree plantations. So once it's in the soil, that's it. Pollard, who grows about 130,000 trees on several western North Carolina farms, said Phytophthora set in after Hurricane Fran in 1996 and got worse following 2004's Hurricane Ivan.
have been experimenting with the Turkish fir for more than 30 years. That species and the Nordmann fir, also native to Eurasia, have shown promising resistance to root rot. "Phytophthora is a problem in most areas where true firs ? are grown," said Gary A. Chastagner, a plant pathologist and extension specialist at Washington State University. "It's a national problem. "Oregon leads the nation Adidas Gazelle All Colors
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