Friday, June 22

SU Ag Center scientist presents at international conference

Drs. Daniel Collins and Jason Preuett at poster session
Baton Rouge, LA - Dr. Daniel Collins, professor, and Jason Preuett, PhD, Urban Forestry, made an oral presentation at the Fifth Sudden Oak Death Science Symposium in Petaluma, CA, June 19 - 22, 2012.  The presentation entitled: “Screening Gulf Coast Forest Species for Susceptibility to Phytophthora ramorum was a webcast recorded June 21 at 1:09 pm and available at:

P. ramorum, the causal agent of sudden oak death in California oak woodlands, poses a threat to woody plants in the rest of the U.S. including the Gulf Coast area, which is regarded as a high threat location. Several plant species native to the Gulf Coast forest were tested for reaction to P. ramorum.

This research was conducted in collaboration with Drs. Tim Widmer and Douglas Luster, USDA/ARS Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit, Fort Detrick, MD.
The SU Ag Center team also presented two posters entitled: “The Effects of Salinity on Phytophtora ramorum Viability” and “Infectivity Stream Baiting in South Louisiana for Phytophthora ramorum”. Dr. Collins served as Preuett’s faculty advisor and mentor while Preuett was a student at Southern University. 

This research was supported by USDA/NIFA 1890 Capacity Building Grant Program and the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program.
The Fifth Sudden Oak Death Science Symposium brought together scientific and management communities from throughout the world working on Phytophthora ramorum and Sudden Oak Death.



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