The UK’s most popular knauss berries, which are prized for their juicy, crunchy, fruity taste, have been banned from being grown in Europe due to the risk of a fungus spreading to them.
It comes as farmers in England and Wales are being warned that if they try to grow them, they could be facing the worst case scenario with the fungus.
Knaus, or klaus, is a fungus that grows in the ground, and produces spores when it rains, which can be harmful to humans.
It was first discovered in the UK in 2014, but was not widely used until last year when it was discovered to be a significant problem in the country’s dairy farms.
The knaaus berries are sold as a snack and a flavour-enhancing fruit.
Last year, a farmer in Lancashire was found guilty of allowing the fungus to spread to his farm after his crop of 20 knauses was contaminated.
After being fined £500 and ordered to clean up the area, the farmer was found to have been growing knause berries in his own garden, where the spores were spreading.
However, a court in Lancastrian county was told that it was not the first time a farmer had allowed the fungus in his garden.
In 2016, the Royal Botanic Gardens, in the south of England, banned the planting of kraus berries, as it was a potential threat to the health of the local population.
Farmers in Scotland and Wales have also been warned about the dangers of the fungus, and the Scottish Government has introduced a law requiring the planting and harvesting of krumans.
The European Union banned the knausk berries in February 2017 after a farmer died from a potentially fatal infection.
More to come.