Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Posted by: Julie Hill
by Bill Pramuk, RCA #409
For the seventh year in a row, Napa “citizen scientists” participated with the UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab in an ongoing effort to track Sudden Oak Death (SOD), the exotic disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of oaks and tanoaks in California.
The Napa SOD Blitz was held on May 6 and the results came out in October.
The disease is caused by Phytophthora ramorum, a microscopic organism that spreads during periods of relatively warm, rainy weather in late spring in northern California, according to the lab’s website.