Sudden Oak Death in Georgia

Sudden oak death (SOD) caused by Phytophthora ramorum poses threat to Georgia's hardwood and nursery industries.

The microbe that causes sudden oak death was found in a large wholesale plant nursery in Los Angeles County, California during the week of March 8, 2004. This is the farthest south in the US that the pathogen has ever been identified. This nursery ships plants across the US, including Georgia. In response to the identification of the SOD fungus in this wholesale nursery, The Georgia Department of Agriculture and The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services both closed their states' borders to all nursery shipments originating in California. Since SOD is a regulated pest species, regulatory and educational agencies in Georgia have been working to develop an effective and coordinated educational, and survey and detection program.

The Georgia SOD web site is provided by The Georgia Invasive Species Task Force as a means of providing accurate and timely information to Georgia residents. Information will be updated as new information becomes available.



Town Hall Meeting Presentations - July 2005

  • Phytophthora ramorum: What Every Georgia Nursery Should Know - (Powerpoint) (Notes)
         Mike Evans, Plant Protection Division, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Threat of Phytophthora ramorum to Southeastern Oak Forests - (Powerpoint) (Notes)
         James Johnson, Forest Health Coordinator, Georgia Forestry Commission
  • Sudden Oak Death (SOD): Biology and Current Situation - (Powerpoint) (Notes)
         Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Georgia

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