By ROBERT S. MERRILL
At least six, and maybe more, flowering pear trees that line Preston’s downtown district have been infected with Fire Blight, a bacterial infection that sometimes proves fatal.
Fire Blight is caused by the bacterium “Erwinia amylovora.” This bacterium can cause disease in pears, apples, quince and also several ornamentals such as crabapple, hawthorn, cotoneaster, and pyracantha, according to Franklin County extension agent Stuart Parkinson.
Parkinson has examined the trees in front of the Preston City offices and confirmed the infection. He said pear trees are one of the most susceptible varieties.
This story is sponsored by Franklin County Medical Center.
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