ESPM 150/290 Fall 2018

Ecology and Impacts of Emergent Forest Diseases in California

Class Schedule:
1st meeting: Thursday 10/18, 3pm – 5 pm Wellmann 410
2nd meeting: Saturday 10/20, 9am – 5 pm VLSB 3030
3rd meeting: Sunday 10/21, 9am – 5 pm, Lake Anza trailhead 9 am*, then 3030 VLSB
4th meeting: Thursday 10/25, 3pm – 5 pm Wellmann 410
5th meeting (not mandatory) Class Recap: Thursday November 15th 3-5 pm Wellmann 410
Exam online either November 19th or November 20th (TBD by class)

* transportation may be offered upon request

The course is organized in 8 parts:
  • Part 1: Pest Risk Assessment: modeling, predictions, laws and regulations
  • Part 2: Introduction to tree diseases and their causal agents
  • Part 3: Ecology of forest diseases, differences between native and non-native diseases
  • Part 4: Principles of Biological Invasions and diseases caused by off-site hosts or by forestry practices
  • Part 5: Emergent diseases in California caused by exotic fungi
  • Part 6: Emergent diseases in California caused by exotic oomycetes
  • Part 7: Newest threats
  • Part 8: Molecular diagnostics in Forest Pathology

Recommended Readings

Lectures in PDF Format

Audio Visual Links:

KQED Documentary

KQED Radio Program

PCR Animation