INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State wildlife officials say a fungus that kills walnut trees has been found in Indiana for the first time.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the fungus that causes Thousand Cankers Disease was found in two stressed trees at a black walnut plantation in Brown County's Yellowwood State Forest.
Indiana now joins Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania Tennessee, Virginia and eight western states with confirmed cases of the disease.
The DNR says the fungus was discovered during a survey for insect pests and fungi in Indiana and Missouri.
The fungus affects many types of walnut trees to varying degrees but is lethal to black walnut trees. Those trees are often grown in plantations in Indiana, but are also common in the state's urban and rural forests.