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Beech trees take over northeastern U.S. and it's not a good thing

The increased temperatures and precipitation brought about by climate change have made it possible for beech trees to thrive in the northeastern U.S. and Southern Canada, and researchers say this is not a good thing.
 

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Map depicting the spread of beech scale  Cryptococcus fagisuga  from its introduction until 2015.  C...
Map depicting the spread of beech scale, Cryptococcus fagisuga, from its introduction until 2015. Cross hatching indicates the reported range of Neonetria spp.
Cale JA et al. (2017) Forest Ecology and Management. 394: 86-103
Cankered stem of a beech tree following attack by beech scale and infection by Neonectria (beech bar...
Cankered stem of a beech tree following attack by beech scale and infection by Neonectria (beech bark disease complex) in Ontario
Forest Invasives Canada/Linda Haugen, USDA Forest Service
Beech bark disease weakens host trees  and makes them susceptible to  beech snap   where the trunk o...
Beech bark disease weakens host trees, and makes them susceptible to "beech snap", where the trunk of a beech tree breaks. This is a safety hazard to humans, and contributes to ecological changes in the forest.
Forest Invasives Canada/Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Service

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