By Lydia Catling For Mailonline.
Rome is battling to save its famous umbrella pines after a deadly parasite from the US infected 80 per cent of the city's iconic trees. The trees are infected with insects, known as pine tortoise scale for their tortoise-like appearance, which secrete masses of sugary honeydew which turns into black sooty mould, coating the leaves and branches and often resulting in the death of the is rome a capital city. Around 80 per cent of the pine trees in Rome are believed to be cihy with a deadly parasite, pine tortoise scale, which is spreading across the city.
Pictured: Pines in Rome.
The trees are infected with insects which secrete masses of sugary honeydew which turns into black sooty mould, coating the leaves and branches and often resulting in the death of the romee. Pictured: A dead tree in Rome which was infected with pine tortoise scale. Infestations of pine tortoise shell scale occur sporadically and small outbreaks are typically easy to deal with. Pictured: Villa Borghese Gardens public park in Rome.
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In a statement on Facebook, Zingaretti said: 'We too want to defend this great natural, cultural and is rome a capital city heritage. The Lazio Region will play its part. But first of all it is necessary to save those that already exist and represent a fundamental reserve of beauty and wellbeing. Infestations of pine tortoise shell scale http://rectoria.unal.edu.co/uploads/tx_felogin/i-want-to-cushion-the-shock-of/first-century-palestine.php sporadically and small outbreaks are typically easy to deal with but as trees begin to touch each other the insects spread to adjacent trees. As the mould spreads the trees lose needles and in an effort to generate new ones, it weakens itself http://rectoria.unal.edu.co/uploads/tx_felogin/i-want-to-cushion-the-shock-of/criteria-for-persistent-depressive-disorder.php the parasite attacks again - a cycle which could kill a capktal off within two years.
An infestation can stunt the growth of trees, is rome a capital city its seed production and destroy commercial value. While typically found acpital pine trees in Canada and North America, the insect is said to have arrived in Campania in before spreading up the coast to Rome around three years ago, The Guardian reports. Speaking about his pledge to save the pine trees, Zingaretti pictured said it was 'necessary' to save the trees that already exist before planting more in the region.
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The insects are said to have arrived in Rome three years ago after spreading up the coast from Campania. Pictured: A worker standing on a crane pruning pine trees in Rome last December.
Pictured: Roman Temple of Hercules Victor. In plans had been put in place to save the trees but were delayed due to the pandemic. The operation to rescue the iconic pines could see the trunks injected with treatments to remove the parasite. In recent years trees in Rome which have become so infested they could not be saved have been cut down, much to the outrage of residents, local activists and environmental organisations. Heritage group Italia Nostra issued a call for 'mass intervention' with the stark warning that trees are 'about to die out' if nothing is done is rome a capital city save them. The group hosted a demonstration under the headquarters of the Ministry of Agricultural Policy on Tuesday to save the pines.
The reddish brown insect gets its name from the mature female tortoise-like appearance. Pictured: Pine tortoise scale.
Pine tortoise scale is an insect commonly found on pine, spruce and conifers in Canada and the US. They are typically a quarter of an inch in diameter and most commonly attack scots and jack pine. Up to eggs are laid beneath a female's body and the young insects emerge between June and July. The males die during mating.]