Meaning of white pine blister rust in English:

white pine blister rust

noun

  • (Also "white pine blister") a rust disease causing canker formation and death of Pinus strobus and other white pines, caused by the heteroecious basidiomycete fungus Cronartium ribicola, the intermediate hosts of which are currants and gooseberries (genus Ribes).

    The fungus was introduced into North America from Europe in the early 20th century, causing major losses in commercial plantations of white pine.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Forestry Quarterly.