A fungal [sic] plant disease was identified on the Roaches, a beauty spot in the Staffordshire area of the national park, in 2011 that killed bilberry in some areas. The disease – called Phytophthora pseudosyringae – is harmless to humans and animals but can be spread to other plants on human clothing and the coats of animals. The Roaches remains open to the public but people are asked to avoid contact with bilberry by staying on the footpaths when walking and accessing climbing crags and boulders, and to keep dogs on a short lead. This will help reduce the risk of the disease spreading further. Monitoring in 2011 and 2012 indicated some spread of the disease on the estate but the majority of bilberry plants have remained healthy. Bilberry is one of the main moorland shrubs on the estate and there were concerns the infection could spread to other moorland sites.
Via Kamoun Lab @ TSL