One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several destructive diseases of pine trees caused by fungi of the genus Conartium, resulting in orange blisters on the bark and tips of branches.
- ‘The culprit, it turned out, was an alien fungus known as blister rust.’
- ‘An invasive disease called blister rust has decimated whitebark pines in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and may well cause the trees to disappear altogether.’
- ‘Also, removing lower branches on white pines can prevent blister rust.’
- ‘Its effects combined with the onslaught of blister rust have meant an ecological double whammy for biodiversity, and the natural recruitment has been predominately lodgepole pine.’
- ‘Some currants are host to the White pine blister rust, and should not be planted near white pines.’
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