Sampler Drones for Forestry Reseach

The Forest Mycology and Pathology Lab at UC Berkeley has developed a new method for sampling forest canopies. The Sampler Drone is a modified DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter that is lightweight, compact, and exceptionally agile. The Sampler Drone uses GPS positioning and gyroscopic axis stabilization to provide a stable aerial platform for collection of […]

California Native Oaks

There are a number of common oak species in California including both tree species and shrub species. Trees species: Black Oak (Quercus kelloggii) Found in hilly regions between 2,000 and 6,000 feet. Typically associated with conifers and pines, firs, or incense cedars. Blue Oak (Quercus douglasii) Found in the hot, dry interior foothills. Generally found […]

SOD Blitz 2014 Results Landing Page

Link to the SOD Blitz 2014 Maps & Results – Latest Update   California Oak Mortality Task Force Press Release   Matteo’s PowerPoint Presentation

SOD Blitz Results 2014 – Press Release

Link to SOD Blitz 2014 Maps and Results  

Notes from a field trip to Montana

From left to right: Matteo, Blakey Lockman, Greg and Laura De Nitto on an expedition to study Heterobasidion root disease on Alpine Larch in the Bitterroot Range, Montana.  More on the results to come soon! Matteo in the Bitterroot Range, Montana,  

SODMap Project

SODMap Heat Maps

Heat Maps of SODMap Data    

SOD: Cleaning Tools & Equipment

Topic: Cleaning tools in SOD-infested areas. Problem: Can tools become infectious when used on trees infected by SOD? Yes, in particular when dealing with infected foliage, infested soil, and marginally with infected wood. The risk of spreading SOD is higher if soil or infected leaves are present on tires, shoes or tools. Wood is generally, […]

SOD Community Meetings

What is Sudden Oak Death?

SOD is an exotic disease caused by the microscopic pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, estimated to have been introduced into California 20-25 years ago from unknown region of the world. P. ramorum was unwittingly introduced into California’s natural landscape when infected ornamental plants, such as Rhododendrons and Camellias (which carry the disease), were outplanted into the environment. […]