September 28, 2021
Testing for Sudden Oak Death
- Culturing on Selective Media
The traditional method for identifying
is to isolate and grow them on Petri plates containing a selective growth media.
Microscopic organisms are isolated from infected soil or plant tissue and sterile cultured on to Petri plates containing PARP agar.
After 5 to 7 days the plates are examined under a microscope for the presence of the distinctive spores of
Pros and Cons of the culturing method:
- Only relatively low tech equipment required.
- Culturing techniques are relatively easy to learn.
- Relatively low cost (although PARP media is expensive).
- State and Federal permits required to keep live
- Cultures from infected material do not always grow on agar media.
- May provide false negative results.
Jump to Other SOD Diagnostic Methods:
The UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory does not provide a SOD testing service. For information on SOD testing please visit
This activity possible thanks to funding from:
USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Agdia, Inc. http://www.agdia.com
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