Novel Diagnostic Tools for Rapid and Early Detection of Oak Wilt

$150,000 for Novel Diagnostic Tools for Rapid and Early Detection of Oak Wilt to develop new technologies for rapid and early detection of the non-native, invasive fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum, which causes the mostly fatal disease in oak trees.  

Cooperators include the US Forest Service.

Abdennour Abbas, principal investigator
Brett Arenz, co-principal investigator
Jennifer Juzwik, co-principle investigator

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Winter 2017 update

The project aims at developing a field-testing platform for rapid detection of oak wilt caused by the fungus C.fagacearum. Over the last year, we have developed a technology for fungi and fungal DNA extraction from wood chips and another technology for rapid DNA detection using chemiluminescence. We are currently working on combining these two technologies to develop a portable DNA extraction and detection platform, to enable field detection of oak wilt within one hour using a hand-held luminometer.