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Dozens of Burkett's prized oak trees are dying. Burkett, who lives near Mt. Vernon in Lawrence County, first noticed the leaves turning brown a few weeks ago. "The big old oaks, they're just like king of the woods. Then I see them all dying out, and I'm like, 'There's something wrong here,'" Burkett said. Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Cindy Garner said a fungus known as hypoxylon canker is the culprit killing trees from the inside out. So far, agents have tracked cases of the fungus in multiple counties, including: McDonald, Christian, Greene, Barry, and Lawrence.
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Sudden Oak Death is a tree disease caused by the plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. The disease kills some oak species and has had devastating effects on forests in California and Oregon.