Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a disease that kills oak and other species of trees, has had devastating effects in some areas of California and Oregon. Symptoms of the disease, now known to be caused by the oomycete plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, include bleeding cankers on the trunk of the tree and dieback of the foliage. Often the disease is fatal to the infected tree. The photo above (credit: U.C.Davis) shows a forest with oak trees dying of sudden oak death.
In an update on the spread of SOD on the Mendocino Coast, KMUD News Correspondent Dan Young conducts several interviews, including an interview with U.C. Berkeley Professor and Statewide Forestry Pathologist Matteo Garbelotto.
This report can be heard using the player below and was aired on KMUD News on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
- Click here for Dr. Garbelotto's website where, as new links, you will find a Power Point Presentation, a Webinar, Disease Maps, and much more.
- Oakmapper-Link to citizen Science and SOD
Previous SOD News Web posts:
- Sudden Oak Death Workshop info here and workshop audio available here
- Sudden Oak Death on the rise - Citizen Scientist Surveys provide valuable early detection
- Mattole Restoration Council workshop series audio available