2 new fungi ID’d as cause for rapid ohia death

IVY ASHE/Tribune-Herald The branches of a dead ohia tree stretch above the Hilo Forest Reserve on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Jensen Walker, field technician for the Big Island Invasive Species Committee, samples a dead ohia tree in the Hilo Forest Reserve last year. (Ivy Ashe/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — Scientists have identified and named the two plant pathogens responsible for rapid ohia death.