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Scientists aim to deliver a knock-out blow for conkers.

WELSH scientists hope to play a pivotal role in saving the traditional autumn conker contest from tiny leaf-eating bugs.

Horse chestnut trees across the UK have been disfigured by the larvae of Cameraria ohridella - better known as the leaf miner moth.

Now IMPACT , the Aberystwyth-based tree research project, has been awarded PS500,000 to investigate this and other pests of trees and woodlands.

Prof Hugh Evans, who leads the project for Forest Research in Wales, said the leaf miner burrows inside Horse Chestnut leaves, causing them to go brown.

"Our concern is that, combined with the environmental effects of climate change, pests will seriously affect this iconic tree in the future," he said.

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Date:Sep 25, 2014
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