HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Fighting the spread of sudden oak death

KINGSTON, R.I. March 4, 2002 To stop the spread of an exotic fungus that is killing oak trees in northern California, a University of Rhode Island plant pathologist has been tapped to study the newly-discovered pathogen called sudden oak death -- to better understand how it works.

Larry Englander, URI associate professor of plant pathology, is an expert on the closest known relative of the killer fungus. So he was asked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service to quickly determine the parameters to its growth and survivability.

Sudden oak death is a water mold fungus that is causing an oozing canker on the trunk of oak trees from Big Sur, Calif. to the Oregon border. Trees infected with the fungus typically die within two or three months. Discovered in 1995 but only identified last year, the fungus has killed more than 100,000 trees and baffled scientists trying to understand it.

"Its so brand new that virtually nothing is known about it," said Englander. "Its still a mystery as to how it got to California. I think it needs to be in a moist environment, and this area of coastal California is like a rainforest -- very lush growth, hilly, with fog banks and rain a good part of the winter."

While the fungus has already had a devastating effect on the oak forests of California, there is an even greater concern that it could find its way across the country and wipe out the eastern forests. Scientists have tested several species of eastern oaks to see if they are susceptible to the fungus, and many are, especially red oaks.

"The fungus can definitely move from plant to plant, but that would likely restrict it to the west. Or it could be self-limiting and not move beyond its current range," explained Englander. "The big concern, though, is that people could transport it long distances either by moving plants around or by tracking infected mud from one place to another."

Sudden oak death has recently be
'"/>

Contact: Todd McLeish
tmcleish@uri.edu
401-874-7892
University of Rhode Island
4-Mar-2002


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Fighting Mycobacterium tuberculosis with structural proteomics
2. Fighting fire with fire? Vaccine based on chimp virus shows promise against HIV
3. Fighting the battle of the bulge in children
4. Fighting breast cancer at the molecular level
5. Fighting Fungi
6. Fighting skin cancers with computers and technology
7. Fighting diabetes: UD researchers move closer to chip-based control of smart, implantable insulin pumps
8. Trash From Crop-Processing Plant Harvested For Disease-Fighting Agents
9. Studies At Cedars-Sinai Confirm Identity Of An Elusive Receptor In Human Cells -- A Breakthrough In Understanding, Fighting Septic Shock
10. Chemical Contaminants May Inhibit Cancer-Fighting White Blood Cells
11. Radioactive Beads Latest Weapon In Fighting Cancer In Dogs, Cats

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/3/2017)... 3, 2017  Data captured by IsoCode, ... detected a statistically significant association between the ... treatment and objective response of cancer patients ... predict whether cancer patients will respond to ... well as to improve both pre-infusion potency testing ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... The research team of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University ... adopting ground breaking 3D fingerprint minutiae recovery and matching technology, pushing ... for use in identification, crime investigation, immigration control, security of access ... ... A research team led by Dr Ajay ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... CHICAGO , March 29, 2017  higi, the ... ecosystem in North America , today ... Partners and the acquisition of EveryMove. The new investment ... extensive set of tools to transform population health activities ... and lifestyle data. higi collects and secures ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... 11, 2017 , ... Personal eye wash is a basic first aid supply for any work ... which eye do you rinse first if a dangerous substance enters both eyes? It’s one ... with its unique dual eye piece. , “Whether its dirt and debris, or an ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... Disappearing forests and increased ... of over 5.5 million people each year. Especially those living in larger cities are ... - based in one of the most pollution-affected countries globally - decided to take ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... For the second time ... US2020 STEM Mentoring Award. Representatives of the FirstHand program travelled to Washington, D.C. ... US2020. , US2020’s mission is to change the trajectory of STEM education in ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... The Pittcon Program ... honoring scientists who have made outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry and ... 2018, the world’s leading conference and exposition for laboratory science, which will be ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: