[Fosc] sudden oak death detection workshop

Walter Epp for7gen at idiom.com
Sun May 25 23:25:46 PDT 2008

[We've got lots of Bay Laurels, it would be good to have this
detection expertise in our group]

From: Ecology Center <ecologycenter at ecologycenter.org>
Subject: EcoCalendar
Saturday, June 7, 2008 - Sunday, June 8, 2008
Volunteer: SOD-Blitz -- Help Fight Sudden Oak Death - Sudden Oak  
Death (SOD), a serious exotic disease, is threatening the survival of  
tanoak and several oak species in California. Currently SOD is found  
in the wildlands of 14 coastal California counties, from Monterey to  
Humboldt. While patchy in distribution, with each passing year the  
swath of SOD infection becomes more contiguous. Researchers have  
discovered that Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen that causes SOD,  
spreads most often on infected California bay laurel leaves.  
Symptomatic bay laurel leaves are often the first sign that SOD has  
arrived at a location, and generally precede oak infections. There  
are some options for managing the disease, but they are effective  
only if implemented before oaks and tanoaks are infected. Thus,  
timely detection of the disease on bay laurel leaves is key to a  
successful proactive attempt to slow down the SOD epidemic. As a  
participant in the East Bay SOD-Blitz, you'll learn about Sudden Oak  
Death and how to identify its symptoms on bay laurel leaves from  
Matteo Garbelotto, a pre-eminent SOD researcher. You'll then gather  
information that will help identify areas where the infestation can  
be proactively managed. Here's How It Works: Step 1: Attend a  
training meeting. Sat, June 7, 10-11:30am or 11:30am-1pm Trudeau  
Center, 11500 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. Park in the parking lot or on  
the street. If you have a GPS unit, please bring it to the meeting.  
Step 2: Collect samples. You'll collect California bay laurel leaf  
samples on your own in Tilden, Wildcat Canyon, Redwood, or Briones  
Regional Park on Sat and/or Sun, June 7-8. Step 3: Turn in your  
samples. Sat, June 7, 5-7pm or Sun, June 8, 4-6pm. Also at the  
Trudeau Center. Cost: Free. Info: 510-496-6016,  
rosacalifornica at earthlink.net , http://www.ebcnps.org/SOD-Blitz%20Flyer-FINAL.pdf 

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