Photo: U.S. Forest ServiceIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana DNR confirmed today that it has intercepted plants containing a fungal pathogen that kills oak trees, sudden oak death (SOD), for the first time in about 10 years.Inspectors from the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology detected SOD (Phytophthora ramorum) in several varieties of rhododendrons being sold in Columbus, Noblesville, South Bend, Sullivan and Tippecanoe.SOD has killed large tracts of oaks on the West Coast. SOD has not been established in the Midwest, to date. SOD can kill standing oak trees, which could happen if SOD-positive rhododendrons were planted within about 6 feet of a standing oak.SOD travels in more than a hundred species of host plant material. It causes some browning of the leaves in the host but does not kill it. For a list of those plants click here.If you have purchased rhododendrons in the last four weeks in these communities, call 1-866-NO-EXOTIC (663-9684) or call the local county extension office at 1-888-EXT-INFO (1-888-398-4636) for instructions.The DNR is destroying all rhododendrons from the source nursery, Park Hill Plants (Oklahoma), and any other host plants that were co-mingled with them. In addition, the DNR is quarantining the sale of four other common SOD host plants (viburnum, azalea, cameilia, and pieris) for further testing to determine if they contain SOD. Testing will determine if other species are infested and require destruction.This is an ongoing investigation, and guidance could change as more information is gathered.To learn more about SOD click here.
Penalties smiled at Egyptian giants Zamalek to grab their first ever CAF Confederation Cup title, and end a 16-year of continental drought. The White Knights defeated Moroccan side RS Berkane 5-3 on penalties after the return leg of the 2018-19 Total CAF Confederation Cup final ended with 1-0 victory for the home side at the Alexandria based Borg El Arab Stadium, the same result Berkane achieved last weekend at home.Defender Mahmoud Alaa scored from the spot ten minutes after the break to send the game to penalties after a 1-1 tie on aggregate. Zamalek scored all their kicks, while Hamdy Laachir missed the first kick for Berkane to see the White Knights lifting the second-tier continental club competition for the first time in their history.Zamalek’s last CAF title dates back to 2003 when they won the CAF Super Cup. They can now enjoy end a long drought, while dreaming of more and more titles.It was heartbreak for “The Oranges” who reached their first ever continental final just to fall very short from touching the sky. Berkane ended the game a man down after Omar Namsaoui received his marching orders a minute from full time.Zamalek opted for an attacking line-up aiming for an early goal to neutralize the 1-0 deficit from the first leg. But the game’s first chance fell to the visitors when Laachir’s shot missed target. The hosts replied with Yousef Obama who went head to head with Berkane’s keeper Abdellaoui M’hamedi but missed the chance to his fans’ bewilderment.Zamalek’s Ibrahim Hassan tried a shot from the distance at the half hour mark but his shot went high. The game turned to be somewhat tense with the referee showing yellow cards to both sides’ players to see the first half ending in a stalemate.The homers returned from the break on a high note, and eight minutes into the second half they had a penalty after the referee returned to VAR system. Defender Alaa scored from the spot to give Zamalek a 1-0 lead and level on aggregate.Zamalek pressed to double their lead, while Berkane opted for the counter attacks trying to snatch a valuable away goal. But time passed with both sides’s defenders having the upper hand.A minute from time Namsaoui was shown the red card for a tough tackle on Mahmoud “Kahraba” Abdel Moneim. But nothing changed as both sides headed to the decisive penalties.During the shootout Khaled Boutaib, Alaa, Abdallah Gomaa, Obama and Ahmed “Zizo” Sayed scored for Zamalek, while Ismail Mokadem, Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba and Issoufou Dayo scored for Berkane after Laachir missed the first kick.Zamalek will pocket $1.25 million, compared to Berkane’s 625,000 dollars.The White Knights will wait next weekend to know their opponents in the 2019 CAF Super Cup from the 2018-19 Total CAF Champions League final between Tunisia’s Esperance and Morocco’s Wydad. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw in Rabat. Source: CAF
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt was a cold and chilly day, “literally” but that made the perfect day for the Annual Chili and Chowder Cook Off. Many folks made their way through Scoops, Black Sheep Pub, As You Wish, and Thunder Bay Winery to cast their vote on their favorite chili and chowder.Participants found it very hard to make a decision on which chili and chowder they loved, but learned a few tips when it comes to trying multiple chili and chowder along the way.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Zonta 5K Participants Show Up in Great Numbers to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Despite Rainy WeatherNext Veterinarians Encourage Dog Owners to Get Their Pets Vaccinated to Prevent Dog Flu