(Bretziella fagacearum, formerly Ceratocystis fagacearum)
Oak wilt is a fungus that is often fatal to oak species. Red oaks are especially vulnerable, usually succumbing within two months of infection. Oak wilt is spread by sap beetles above ground, and by joint root growths called root grafts below ground.
It can be difficult to tell an early oak wilt infection from environmental stress and other diseases. For this reason, the disease is often caught far too late. MITPPC researchers have their sights set on more reliable early detection methods in single trees as well as large, forested areas.
- Accurate detection and integrated treatment of oak wilt (Ceratocystis fagacearum) in Minnesota
Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, CBS
Novel diagnostic tools for rapid and early detection of oak wilt
Abdennour Abbas, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, CFANS/CSE