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Sudden Oak Death Research

Research Projects

Since 2003, the WSU Puyallup Ornamental Plant Pathology Program has been conducting research on Phytophthora ramorum relating to host range, epidemiology, and evaluating potential control options.IMG_0005_rhody_PH1107_sm

In response to industry concerns, WSU built a quarter-million-dollar biocontainment facility at Puyallup. This facility will greatly increase the capacity of WSU to address critical research questions relating to the establishment, host susceptibility, spread and management of P. ramorum. A molecular lab has also been established to enhance research relating to the detection, spread, and genetics of this pathogen.

Gary A. Chastagner, Katie Coats, and Marianne Elliott
In Frankel, S.J.; Kliejunas, J.T.; Palmieri, K.M.; Alexander, J.M. tech. coords. 2013. Proceedings of the Sudden Oak Death Fifth Science Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-243. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 169 p.

Management of P. ramorum

Host testing

Nursery research

P. ramorum in waterways

Biology of P. ramorum – wild type and non-wild type isolates

Contact: Gary Chastagner, 253-445-4528 | WSU Puyallup Research & Extension Center, 2606 West Pioneer, Puyallup, WA, 98371-4998 USA
Last updated January 2, 2013