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Is Sudden Oak Death worth fighting in California?

It’s not just the UK suffering from the devastating affects of Phytophthora ramorum (Sudden Oak Death). California, USA has been feeling the affects of the ‘plant destroyer’ since 1995.

A video published alongside an article on, entitled ‘This disease has killed a million trees in California, and scientists say it’s basically unstoppable’, explains why millions of trees in California will continue to die as a result of Phytophthora ramorum.

The Washington Post’s article describes how researchers from University of Cambridge, University of California, Davis and North Carolina State University feel stopping the spread of Sudden Oak Death in California is a continuing up hill battle. They believe action against the disease many years ago could have improved the situation now.

A possible solution to stopping the spread is by felling trees. However, the researchers think California may have gone passed the point of no return and would lose the battle against P. ramorum. With a large area of land covered by trees in California starting to fell infected trees is no easy task and would inevitably require a considerable amount of resources. However, should the fight against Sudden Oak Death stop?

Tell us your thoughts concerning the fight against Sudden Oak Death by Tweeting us @PlantDiagnostic using #FightSuddenOakDeath.

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Feature image by Joseph O’Brien, USDA Forest Service – Image No. 5035040 CC by 3.0 US

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