Most often when we hear about dangerous contagious diseases, we think of the flu, colds, strep throat and other warm blooded afflictions. What many of us don’t often consider is that disease is not limited to the animal kingdom. Some of the most dangerous diseases in the world specifically attack organisms that aren’t warm or cold blooded but rather plants.
Oak wilt, first identified in 1944, is threatening only to trees (particularly different types of oak). This disease also indirectly affects humans and other animals as much of our ecosystem and agricultural economy depends on these beautiful, deciduous trees remaining healthy.