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Disease Identification and Control


Sudden Oak Death

by Janice Alexander A plant disease commonly known as sudden oak death is killing trees in the coastal forests of western North America and portions of the United Kingdom and is an emerging threat in other areas. The disease is caused by the exotic, quarantine pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. While sudden oak death has killed a…

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Boxwood Blight Found in Massachusetts

Information provided by UMass Extension, Nursery, and Urban Forestry. In December 2011, the UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab working with samples collected by MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) inspectors positively identified boxwood blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum) in Massachusetts. Beginning in early December, MDAR inspectors performed trace forward surveys of nurseries and garden centers identified by…

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