(06/20/2001)
A new experiment against multiflora rose, which is gradually taking over Calhoun County, is underway in Preston County.

It seems, finally, the pesky thorny vine has a problem of its own - "rose rosette disease."

West Virginia University entomology professor says the disease can be fatal to multiflora. WVU Extension agent Bill Shockley is leading the project to stimulate the disease's spread by transplanting infected plants with healthy ones.

The experiment is expected to show some results within a year, and could be the answer to stopping the multiflora plague.


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