SOD Literature Summary

Sudden Oak Death and Phytophthora ramorum:
A Summary of the Literature

By John T. Kliejunas

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Kliejunas, John T. 2010. Sudden oak death and Phytophthora ramorum: a summary of the literature. 2010 edition. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-234. Albany, CA:. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 181 pages.

Sudden oak death and Phytophthora ramorum, both first recognized about a decade ago, have been explained in hundreds of scientific and popular press articles. This document presents a comprehensive, concise summary of sudden oak death and P. ramorum research findings and management activities. Topics covered include: background, identification and distribution, the disease cycle, epidemiology and modeling, management and control, and environmental and socio-economic impacts.

Key words: Sudden oak death, Phytophthora ramorum, invasive species, tanoak, coast live oak, mixed-evergreen forests

Author information: John T. Kliejunas, regional forest pathologist (retired), USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Vallejo, CA.


Thanks to Douglas McCreary, University of California Center for Forestry and Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program for administrative support. Thanks also for the review and guidance provided by Susan Frankel, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station; Everett Hansen, Oregon State University; and David Rizzo, UC-Davis.

Layout and design by Janice Alexander, University of California Cooperative Extension and the California Oak Mortality Task Force.

Funding for the literature summary was provided by the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station.

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