UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology 
Laboratory City Forest
August 1, 2014
Wood Decay Diagnostic Research Project
The Wood Decay Diagnostic System is a state of the art, DNA-based, multiplex PCR method that can detect and identify many important wood rot fungi including:
  • Armillaria
  • Ganoderma
  • Hericium
  • Inonotus/Phellinus
  • Laetiporus
  • Perenniporia fraxinea
  • Pleurotus
  • Schizophyllum
  • Stereum
  • Trametes
Open pdf File
Arborist News Article

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NEW Powerpoint: Factoring Wood Decay into Risk Assessment

This assay can identify decay agents in standing trees as well as from downed trees. It will also detect multiple decay fungi in individual trees. Now you can assess the situation before trouble strikes.

This approach will become the gold standard for detecting wood rot fungi and is suitable for arborists, tree care professionals, property owners, and municipalities.

Scientific Articles Describing the Assay Development:
    Guglielmo, et. al. 2010
    Nicolotti, et. al. 2009
    Guglielmo, et. al. 2008
    Guglielmo, et. al. 2007

Please see the links below for important information on sample collection, preparation, and shipping.

Shipping Wood Samples to UCB for Analysis
Tree Sampling Protocol
Sample Submission Form
Research Support Donation Form

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