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Thistle disease

Creeping thistle is causing us many headaches at Rye Harbour. Despite its value for a wide range of invertbrates, we feel it has become too dominant and are controlling it with herbicide on large areas of grassland. The bleached tops of creeping thistle are a widespread sight, and it does seem to limit this plant that is so invasive. It is caused by the phytoparasitic bacterium Pseudomonas syringae, so we leave the affected plants and hope it will do the control in the long term...

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