New biomarker discovery can help scientists ID sudden oak death susceptible trees, says UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley and Ohio State University have teamed up to develop a new way to identify the resistance of trees to the sudden oak death disease. Phytophthora ramorum is a fungus-like pathogen that has killed millions of oak trees on the West Coast and could potentially moved towards the East Coast. “This is the first time anyone has been able to come up with a method to predict resistance to a forest tree disease in natural populations in the field,” said Pierluigi Bonello, a plant pathologist with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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