sudden oak death

Biocontainment unit helps researchers to tackle SOD

For more than three years Kathy Riley, a WSU research technologist, has been trekking between the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center and Corvallis, Ore. to conduct research on the deadly plant pathogen known as Sudden Oak Death. That’s because Oregon State University is home of the only pathogen isolation facility in the region federally […]

Researcher works to protect trees

The Christmas tree tradition supports a sizeable industry in Washington, and Gary Chastagner, a scientist at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center, works to make sure both tradition and industry remain strong. Sudden oak death, an exotic plant disease with the potential to kill some species of large oak trees, is Chastagner’s main concern. “At […]