Scientists are asking the public’s help in stemming the spread of a blight on the Boxwood bush. The plant is often used in holiday wreaths and garlands this time of year.
The Boxwood plant is prized for its emerald leaves and slow growing habit. But a blight, first seen in the US in 2011 has spread to Virginia, where it threatens home gardens as well as historic sites. The disease eventually kills the plant. It’s caused by a fungus spread by contact with a diseased boxwood.
The European Union is pushing member states to go green -- offering incentives and requiring that utilities cut their carbon emissions and increase their use of renewable energy sources by 20%. That sounds like a noble goal, but it may be having unintended consequences in Virginia and neighboring states – consequences that have some environmentalists up in arms.
Red bricks covered with ivy have long been seen as a part of Virginia’s charm, but scientists in Richmond warn the vines are taking over – posing a threat to other plants in the state, and they want citizens to do their part in getting ivy under control.
The Chesapeake Bay has been a repository for nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment loads to the point that its water quality is endangered. The Bay Barometer: Health and Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is a report from the Chesapeake Bay Program that looks at ecological markers, like underwater grasses and fish, to measure progress in restoration goals.