Sudden Oak Death
Utilization of Sudden Oak Death Diseased Wood
Phytophthora ramorum or Sudden Oak Death is a serious problem for California's coastal counties where over a million native oak and tanoak have been killed by the disease
The primary objective of this program is to evaluate the utilization potential of host tree species, identify the best and most appropriate uses, and develop protocols for handling Phytophthora ramorum infected materials.
Work included a project identifying the products that can be safely made from the wood of trees killed by sudden oak death (SOD).
Products produced included high quality flooring and firewood. Project reports and information are available below.
Sudden Oak Death Project Information
Documents from the SOD Utilization project
|Tanoak Manufacturing Process||
A slideshow of the process of tanoak production, shown at The Fifth Sudden Oak Death Science Symposium in Petaluma, CA from June 19-22.
|Tanoak Utilization Powerpoint||
The powerpoint by John Shelly and Steve Quarles presented at The Fifth Sudden Oak Death Science Symposium, held in Petaluma, CA from June 19-22
|Heat Treatment of SOD Infected Wood||
"Preliminary observations of heat treatment to control Phytophthora ramorum in infected wood species" presented at Sudden Oak Death Science Symposium III. March 5-9, 2007, Santa Rosa, CA
|Evaluating the survival of Phytophthora ramorum in Firewood||In this follow-up project we specifically analyzed the survival of Phytophthora ramorum in firewood as it was thoroughly air-dried (seasoning) to a final moisture content of 15% MC. The aim was to evaluate the risk of spreading SOD through the distribution of firewood and fuel wood.||7/17/08|
|Final Report||Removal and Utilization of High Risk Sudden Oak Death Host Material Final Report September 30, 2005||7/17/08|
California Oak mortality Task force: http://www.suddenoakdeath.org